In a series of mistakes that would have been comical if it hadn’t been so ominous, Shell showed the world last year how unprepared it was to safely drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Little has changed since, and Shell announced at the end of October that it hopes to drill in the Chukchi Sea next summer. The company is even acquiring another drilling rig to replace the Kulluk, which was heavily damaged when it ran aground in Alaska.
Right now, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is considering whether to lease even more of the Chukchi Sea to the oil industry.
At a time when climate change is causing the Arctic to warm twice as fast as the rest of the world, another lease sale would add insult to injury, and further increase climate change.
Map of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic Ocean:
Now is the time to act! BOEM is asking for public comments on a possible sale of leases to the oil industry. The very same oil industry that has no way to recover significant amounts of spilled oil from stormy, ice-choked seas.