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.
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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