Help stop Shell Oil’s disastrous plans to drill for oil in the Arctic

by Melanie Duchin

December 20, 2010

polar bear walking in the cold water

As you read this, Shell Oil is doing everything they can to secure plans to drill for oil in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea. The proposed oil drilling location is twelve miles off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in an area designated as critical habitat for the threatened polar bear. To make matters worse, the area also serves as vital feeding and migration grounds for the endangered bowhead whale.

Has Shell learned nothing from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill? Just look at these horrifying facts:

– Shell Oil submitted outdated and insufficient oil spill response plans.

– It’s a known fact that there’s no way to clean up an oil spill in the Arctic’s icy conditions. 

– Shell’s oil drilling plans are for shallow-water regions. And, according to government data, blowouts (which led to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill) occur more often during shallow-water drilling.

The government is asking for public comment on Shell’s oil drilling plans. This is our opportunity to put an end to Big Oil’s limitless greed.

Please join me in speaking-up for the Arctic wildlife and help prevent another disastrous oil spill. 

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