Shell Oil has done it again. The oil giant just filed another lawsuit against the Center for Biological Diversity and 13 other environmental groups who are trying to protect the Arctic from dangerous drilling.
The Center has blocked every offshore drilling proposal in the Arctic since 2007 and most recently filed a legal challenge against new air permits that would allow Shell to drill in the Arctic this summer.
Shell knows the Center is effective at protecting the Arctic and its incredible imperiled species, so it’s trying to disable the non-profit with another preemptive attack.
The pristine Arctic — home to polar bears, walruses and seals — is too fragile to turn into an oil-drilling industrial zone with pollution, oil spills and lasting devastation.
But Shell is determined to drill. Its latest lawsuit targets the Center’s work to enforce laws protecting marine mammals like whales and seals from the devastating impacts of sound from drilling.
In its first suit, the oil giant is also trying to force the environmental groups to pay its legal fees, which will likely run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Arctic is just too important to hand over to oil companies. Building on more than a decade of legal and scientific work, the Center and its allies will continue to fight on every front to keep the Arctic, and all its wild inhabitants, alive.
Get the latest on what the Center is doing to stop Arctic oil development and then visit www.StopArcticDrilling.org to tell President Obama to protect one of America’s last, best wildernesses and stop Shell’s reckless drilling plans.
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