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Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans Face Further Delays

Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans Face Further Delays

Days ago, a federal board sided with Alaska Native and environmental groups to send Royal Dutch Shell’s air quality permits back to the Environmental Protection Agency for further review.

The Arctic Eskimo Whaling Commission, the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, the Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice were responsible for filing the timely appeal.

Sign The Petition To Ban Oil Drilling In The Arctic!

After the disastrous BP oil spill in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar placed an indefinite ban on new arctic drilling in Alaska’s delicate Chukchi and Beaufort seas until more information was available about the potential environmental impact a similar spill could have in their freezing waters.

According to a report by Alaska Dispatch’s Patti Epler, the most recent order by the Environmental Appeals Board “invalidates Shell Offshore Inc.’s permits for both the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

“It said the EPA had failed to adequately consider the impact of nitrogen dioxide emissions during drilling operations on nearby communities and that the agency erroneously determined when a drillship, the Frontier Discoverer, would be subject to air quality issues.”

Once again, there are concerns that the environmental review and permitting process may have been rushed in order to allow Shell to meet its agressive 2011 drilling schedule.

Similar “favors” provided to the oil industry by the former Minerals Management Service have been included as one of many factors responsible for the unsafe drilling practices that led to the tragic Gulf oil spill.

In addition to more careful review of environmental impact statements, Shell’s desire to drilling in these fragile arctic areas is further impeded by the fact that the Obama administration recently agreed to designate more than 187,000 square miles of Arctic coast as critical polar bear habitat.

Still, a representative of the oil company told the Alaska Dispatch that Shell is not giving up on drilling this summer. “We’ll be looking to see if we can continue the momentum into this new year,” he said.

Help Spoil Shell’s Plans By Signing The Petition To Ban Oil Drilling In The Arctic!

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11:58AM PST on Feb 8, 2011

Already Signed!

11:56AM PST on Feb 8, 2011

Already Signed!!

5:19AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

THANKS

4:09AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Delay it as long as possible, then delay it again.

9:44PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

I agree, No more drilling. I will adjust to save my planet. Will you?

5:59PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

i agree, we need to stop drilling, however, it is our fault for demanding the oil in the first place which gives them business. as individuals we say this is wrong, and perhaps every single person feels this way, but unless everyone gets together to figure things out nothing is going to change, our individual oil uses will accumulate and give them a reason to continue drilling into our planet that can lead to many potential environmental issues, but we'll all learn our lesson when the oil runs out :P

4:39PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

It's time to change.

1:18PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Kelly,

Please enlighten me and list some specific "repercussions" associated with drilling impact. The primary concern (and thesis for environmental protection groups in the early 70’s) for initial development in the Arctic was the wellbeing of the Central Arctic Caribou Herd. At the time of construction, the herd was around 5,000 head. In 2002, a census reported that the herd numbered over 31,000 head. More importantly, scientists noted improved physiological condition of the animals. Tqhis is especially interesting when considering that the Porcupine Caribou herd in ANWR is rapidly declining, in complete absence of any form of petroleum exploration or development. I understand that many oppose further development; I just do not see a link between development and the ecological degradation that is said to follow.

12:59PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Profits shmofits, I HATE GREEDY ASSHOLES!!

Hey stupid! Way to poison the ocean for your own decendants to enjoy... I have quite literally changed my own definition of the word "nigger" to those who would destroy instead of creat.

You nigs need f'd in the a! Fk you and your entire blood line!

12:57PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

There are so many repercussions from drilling, hopefully they will be delayed even longer or forever

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