|Location:||Alaska, United States|
Stop new BP oil drilling in Alaska BP is now just one step away from opening up a new oil rig off the coast of Alaska. Shockingly, the company whose oil rig in the Gulf just became the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history is on the verge of getting a permit to drill some more -- this time just off the coast of Alaska, near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Please sign our petition to tell President Obama to stop BP's dangerous Alaskan drilling scheme, and all new drilling off our coasts.
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Dear President Obama: I am writing to urge your administration to deny BP a final permit for its Liberty Project to drill for oil off of Alaska's coast. It is simply beyond the pale that the very company that just created the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history would be granted a new permit to drill -- just miles from the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, no less. It is time to for you to draw a line in the sand against new oil drilling, and to turn our nation toward clean, renewable energy instead. Rejecting BP's drilling permit and canceling its lease for the "Liberty Project" is a perfect first step to put us on that path. I urge you to take it now.
Acess this petition here: http://www.environmentnewhampshire.org/action/oceans/stop-bp-alaska?id4=ES
BP is now just one step away from opening up a new oil rig off the coast of Alaska. I'm not kidding. The company whose oil rig in the Gulf just became the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history is on the verge of getting a permit to drill some more -- this time just off the coast of Alaska, near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Tell President Obama to reject BP's permit to drill off Alaska's coast. In light of the damage still unfolding in the Gulf, it seems outrageous that the administration would even consider granting a permit to any oil company to drill anywhere off our coasts. But to BP? Thirty miles from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? That is just beyond words. In fact, you might even be asking yourself how on earth this could be going forward in light of President Obama's moratorium on new deepwater drilling?
Here's how: For its "Liberty" drilling project, BP has actually built a man-made island off the Alaskan coast from which to drill. Technically it's not deepwater or even offshore drilling -- but if we don't act now, it could cause deep trouble. Click here to tell President Obama to stop BP's Alaska scheme and all new drilling off our coasts. BP's "Liberty Project" would mount one of the world's most powerful drill rigs on a man-made island in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, and then drill two miles down and eight or nine miles out into the ocean to hit oil -- farther than any drill rig has reached before.
Cleaning up an oil spill in these Alaskan waters would be even more difficult than in the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike the balmy Gulf, the waters of the Beaufort Sea are near-freezing, covered with ice for nine months a year and totally dark for the entire winter. But the Beaufort Sea is similar to the Gulf coast in one respect: Fish, marine manmals and birds abound. After months of seeing pelicans and sea turtles covered in oil, how could we possibly risk polar bears, seals, bowhead whales and rare birds suffering the same fate, at the hands of the same reckless company? And yet, BP is only one permit approval away from starting up its giant drill rig off of Alaska's coast.
Please click the link below to join me in calling on the President to stop this madness now.
Sincerely, Paul Burns Environment New Hampshire Regional Program Director
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