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Let Oil Companies Know that Drilling in the Arctic is Not Ok.
Ocean Conservancy
Shell wants to bring not one, but two drilling rigs to the Chukchi Sea. That could spell double trouble for the Arctic.

Arctic waters provide vital habitat ...more
Shell wants to bring not one, but two drilling rigs to the Chukchi Sea. That could spell double trouble for the Arctic.

Arctic waters provide vital habitat for iconic wildlife such as walruses, ice-dependent seals, bowhead whales, and migratory birds. Many residents of coastal communities in the region depend on a healthy ocean to support their subsistence way of life. Both people and wildlife are already coping with stresses from a rapidly changing climate, including rapid loss of summer sea ice. Impacts from oil and gas operations oil and gas drilling will introduce significant noise, pollution, and traffic into this fragile environment.

So far, oil companies have yet to demonstrate that they are capable of operating safely and responsibly in Arctic waters — as evidenced by Shell Oil's error-plagued drilling campaign in 2012 — and have not shown that they can clean up a major oil spill in real-world Arctic conditions. The government, too, has more work to do: the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) still needs to release long-promised Alaska-specific drilling and air quality regulations.

Stand with us against new oil and gas leasing and protect the animals and people who depend on a clean, healthy Arctic Ocean.
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