No Arctic Drilling For Shell in 2011!

Exciting news from Alaska!

No Arctic Drilling For Shell In 2011

Shell’s CEO just announced that the company will not be drilling offshore in Alaska’s Arctic waters in 2011.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Shell announced on Thursday it would forgo exploratory drilling in the Alaskan Arctic for this year, the result of a ruling last month that revoked the oil giant’s federal clean-air permits that allowed drilling ships and support vessels to operate in the sensitive region.

The company had been putting pressure on the Department of Interior to allow drilling in Arctic waters at a time when federal regulators were reviewing all energy exploration in the wake of the BP blowout in the gulf of Mexico.

Attorneys representing Alaska Natives and conservation groups in January succeeded in challenging clean-air permits granted by the Environmental Protection Agency to Shell for exploratory drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

The federal Environmental Appeals Board ruled that EPA’s analysis of the effect to Alaska native communities of nitrogen dioxide emissions from the drilling ships was too limited and ordered the agency to redo the work.

Thank You, Care2 Members!

A huge “thank you” to all of you wonderful Care2 friends who signed our petition to ask U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to ban oil drilling in the Arctic.

But Shell has only canceled their plans to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic in 2011, so this isn’t the end, so we still need to keep the pressure on.

Click here to sign our petition to permanently ban all Arctic drilling.

Drilling Is Unsafe And Threatens Wildlife

As Care2′s Beth Buczynski documented, drilling in Arctic waters will never be safe and there is no proven method to clean up oil spills. And the Arctic is home to marine ecosystems filled with creatures including whales, polar bears, seals, and other marine life whose existence should not be threatened by Shell’s drilling apparatus.

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Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey via Creative Commons

475 comments

rene davis
rene davis3 years ago

this was a great victory.

Suzy F.
Suzy F.4 years ago

Thank you for contacting us on this important issue. We know many people around the world are concerned about the Arctic.

But affordable energy is vital for everyone and at present hydrocarbons are the only way to produce this energy in sufficient quantity.



The Arctic contains vast resources of oil and natural gas that could help to meet rising global energy demand.



Shell has operated in Arctic and subarctic conditions for decades, giving us the technical experience and know-how to explore for and produce oil and gas in a responsible way.

We are using advanced technology to limit our impact on the environment, strengthen our ability to respond to oil spills, and make operating in ice safer. We work to build strong relationships with local communities. We learn from them and at the same time work to address their concerns and help them share the benefits of developing energy resources.



We know too that specific challenges in the Arctic require comprehensive science research programmes.



Thank you again for emailing and please continue to be interested in the Arctic because in the complexity of the debate on climate change and ecosystem protection the more people who are interested the better.



Phil Dyer

Communication Manager – Arctic



Shell International Exploration and Production B.V.

The Hague, The Netherlands - Trade Register no. 002688

Correspondence: PO Box 663, 2501 CR The Hague, The Netherlands

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Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago

signed petition back in March, but I sign everyone I can find!!

Karen Walker
Karen Walker5 years ago

This planet is our home and the home to so many plants and animals. If we keep screwing things up around here, we can't just close the door and go into another room...we only get this one chance. We can't afford to mess it up, folks!

glenda b.
glenda b.5 years ago

Those who want drilling in the Arctic or any where else will see what happen as always does, what will happen to this planet. How many OIL SPILLS does it take to ruin a planet??? You'll find out and probably by that time it will be to late for the human beings...

Regina P.
Regina P.5 years ago

Thank you, we need to keep this going for the future.

Jux C.
Past Member 5 years ago

thats good news, but now Shell want's to drill over this way near Australia's Ningaloo marine park which could be very damaging!

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Josh Townsend
Josh Townsend5 years ago

Amen!

Jessica V.
Jessica V.5 years ago

This is great news, now hopefully we can get a permanent ban in place.