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The Chase Is On

by Haley Rabic

March 26, 2015

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza in the Davis Strait off the coast of Greenland. Greenpeace is in the Arctic attempting to prevent deep sea oil drilling in a bid to protect the pristine Arctic environment. The Leiv Eiriksson is operated by Cairn Energy and is the only rig in the world currently set to begin new deep sea drilling in the Arctic making it a clear and present danger to the arctic environment.

© Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

Shells Arctic drilling fleet is on the move, right now even before the US government has approved the final permits. As you read this, Shell is transporting an oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, across the Pacific, bound for the Arctic. And six bold people are following on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza.

One of these six is Aliyah Field, a 27-year-old from Washington, DC. She joins five other volunteers from around the world Jens, Johno, Miriam, Andreas, and Zoe on board the Esperanza to act as ambassadors of our movement of millions against Arctic oil drilling.

The six LoP

Aliyah and her fellow volunteers are hoping that we can draw the worlds attention to Shells plans and expose the utter insanity of drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Shell thinks its billions have bought it a free pass to drill in the Alaskan Arctic, but the one thing the company fears most is people power millions together opposing Arctic drilling. Over six million people around the world have already joined the movement against Arctic drilling. Together we can expose the truth about the company’s dangerous scheme.

This week marks 26 years since the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill, and it seems the industry still hasnt learned from its mistakes. Last time Shell tried to drill in the Arctic, it grounded a drill rig on the Alaskan shore, endangering workers and Alaskan wildlife, and managed to destroy a containment dome.

The Crossing

View of Shell’s oil rig, the Polar Pioneer

If Shell pumps oil in the Arctic it’s only a matter of time before there is an oil spill that would be virtually impossible to clean up, leaving local people and marine life to suffer the consequences for many years to come. And thats why Aliyah and the others are on the water, shining a light on Shells actions.

Well keep you updated as events unfold, but you can follow Aliyah and the others with live updates. Please share their journey far and wide, so the world can see what Shell is up to.

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