Don't let Shell have another chance at drilling the Arctic Ocean

Drilling in the Chukchi Sea would release more greenhouse gases, something that this polar bear doesn't need!
Shell oil hopes to drill in the Chukchi sea in summer 2014, but how can we trust them to do it safely?

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.

Take action! Tell the administration to put the brakes on drilling in the Chukchi.

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.

Take action! Let BOEM know that selling more leases would lead to the release of more greenhouse gases, and would put the remote, pristine Arctic Ocean at risk of a major oil spill. 

See also: 

Timeline of Shells drilling mishaps in the Arctic

Blog: Shell sets sights on Arctic Ocean drilling again

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