Bluie East Two was a U.S. Air Force base in Greenland in 1941. So why is
it still there?
Because democrats left it there Hannah. Did you not study history in
By Hannah Lang
PUBLISHED JULY 25, 2017
The locals call the thousands of orange rusted barrels “American flowers.”
From afar on a sunny day, the 70-year-old remnants littered across the
island of Ikateq in Greenland look like fields of marigolds instead of
toxic reminders of World War II.
The United States Air Force established a base on Ikateq called Bluie East
Two in 1941, under an agreement between the U.S. and Denmark, the latter
of which had claimed Greenland in the early 18th century. The base was abandoned after the war in 1947.
But the U.S. military left behind crumbling asbestos-ridden buildings, countless barrels filled with leaded aviation fuel, corroding metal
trucks, and possibly even hundreds of cases of undetonated dynamite,
according to an account of a man who says he served at the base.
BASES LEFT BEHIND
Bluie East Two is just one of more than 30 abandoned U.S. military bases
in Greenland dating from World War II or the Cold War, said Inuuteq Holm
Olsen, the Greenland representative at the U.S. Embassy of Denmark.
For the people that live in Greenland, the rotting bases are a bitter
reminder of an agreement they didn’t have a say in—Denmark didn’t grant Greenland partial autonomy until 1979—and a potential hazard to their way
of life. Many Greenlanders live off hunting and fishing, and there’s no
way of knowing what has been polluted, said Olsen. (Read more about new technology that lets scientists look underneath Greenland's massive ice
“They are disgusted, to say the least,” he said. “We all try to teach
children that you shouldn’t litter and be careful of what you put into the environment.”
WEEDING THE AMERICAN FLOWERS
American photographer Ken Bower traveled to Ikateq in 2014 and 2015 after hearing about the base from friends in Iceland and decided to photograph
“It was incredibly shocking to see just how much of it is there and that
it’s still there 70-odd years later,” he said.
As his pictures became popular on the Internet in 2016, Bower created an
online petition to ask the United States to clean up Bluie East Two. To
date, the petition has received more than 36,000 supporters.
“I care about the environment here in my country,” one supporter wrote.
“Clean up your dirty mess, USA.”
While the petition didn’t reach the 100,000 signatures required to reach
the White House, it did reach the Danish Parliament in June. Danish
legislators signed a letter of intent to pay Greenland 150 million
krone—or $23 million— over five years to clean up some of the old U.S.
“It’s positive in itself that Denmark has taken responsibility for this,”
However, an official agreement still has to be signed and negotiated, and
the involvement of the United States in the cleanup process is still an outstanding issue, he said.
RED, WHITE, AND BLUIE
A clause in the original agreement that allowed the U.S. to build military bases in Greenland may exempt it from any responsibility in the cleanup. Article 11 of the agreement states that equipment and facilities may be disposed of in Greenland by the United States government after
consultation with the Danish authorities.
Greenland has already requested assistance from the United States at Camp Century, a nuclear research center during the Cold War that housed a
program intended to build a network of nuclear missile launch sites under
ice sheets. New research suggests that climate change and melting ice
could release waste, including toxic PCBs, that was stored at the camp.
(Read: "Shocking" Greenland Ice Melt: Global Warming or Just Heat Wave?)
In October, former Greenland Foreign Minister Vittus Qujaukitsoq wrote a
letter published in the Danish newspaper Berlingske alleging that
Greenland has been asking Denmark since 2014 to provide information on how
this pollution could impact the health and safety of future generations of local people. According to Qujaukitsoq, they have not received any
It’s possible that the waste left on Bluie East Two could also have
harmful health and environmental effects, but it’s difficult to know for
sure because it’s not being researched or monitored, said Olsen.
When reached for comment, representatives from both the Air Force and
State Department said they had no information on any abandoned military
bases in Greenland.
However, other countries have begun to take note of the bases. Just last
year, a Chinese mining company offered to buy an abandoned naval base that
was once known as Bluie West Seven, but Denmark turned down the offer in
order to preserve their relationship with the United States.
As for the future of Bluie East Two, only time will tell.
“There are so many uncertainties and unanswered questions,” said Olsen.
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