The Obama Administration has given Shell tentative approval to drill next summer off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Tell Interior Secretary Salazar to stop Shell before it’s too late!
The fragile habitat of imperiled Arctic wildlife is no place for oil drilling. But unless we act swiftly, the Shell oil company could soon be doing just that.
The Obama Administration just gave Shell the tentative go-ahead to begin exploring for oil off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next summer.
The Arctic Refuge is the main birthing ground for polar bears in Alaska. Its coastal waters are also home to Pacific walruses, gray whales, endangered bowhead whales, beluga whales, ringed seals and millions of migratory birds.
If we don’t stop Shell now, it could be sinking its first drill bit into the Beaufort Sea just months before pregnant polar bears move onshore nearby to dig their dens and birth their cubs.
A blowout at one of Shell’s rigs would be devastating. An oil spill offshore would blanket the coast of the Arctic Refuge with an irremovable layer of thick toxic oil for generations to come.
Oil-covered polar bears have virtually no chance of survival ... whales would be suffocated or poisoned ... hundreds of thousands of birds would be killed ... and seal populations would be severely impacted.
What’s more, Shell is relying on an oil spill response plan that was written -- and approved by the Obama Administration -- BEFORE the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Send a message to Secretary Salazar right now. Tell him to throw out Shell’s outdated oil response plan and stop Shell before it’s too late for the Arctic Refuge and its vulnerable wildlife.
Shell’s response plan is a fantasy. lt assumes that more than 95 percent of spilled oil will be recovered before it hits shore. Only five percent of the oil unleashed by BP in the Gulf was ever captured!
The Obama Administration is under tremendous pressure from Big Oil to allow drilling in the Arctic. So Secretary Salazar is unlikely to say No to Shell unless he hears a massive public outcry!
He needs to hear immediately from hundreds of thousands of people like you -- people who refuse to place the fate of America’s polar bears and other wildlife in the hands of Shell oil.
Please send a message to Secretary Salazar right now. Tell him to stop Shell from drilling anywhere near the Arctic Refuge and preserve the irreplaceable habitat of Arctic wildlife.
Frances Beinecke President Natural Resources Defense Council