Urgent Action: Tell the Administration to Stop Drilling in the Polar Bear Seas
  • Petitioned J. F. Bennett (Chief, Branch of Environmental Assessment, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

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J. F. Bennett (Chief, Branch of Environmental Assessment, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

Urgent Action: Tell the Administration to Stop Drilling in the Polar Bear Seas

    1. Sponsored by

      Defenders of Wildlife

Less than one year after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and just weeks after a significant oil spill in the frigid waters off the coast of Norway, Shell and other oil companies are pressuring the Obama administration to open up the fragile and remote waters of the Arctic to harmful new drilling. 

The Chukchi and Beaufort Seas -- sometimes called the Polar Bear Seas -- are vital to the survival of America's threatened polar bears, walrus, bowhead whales and so many other Arctic species.

Yet Shell Oil and other companies are charging ahead with plans to industrialize this crucial area. 

We only have until Thursday to make our voices heard -- the Obama administration will make a decision after the public comment period ends this week.

Join Defenders of Wildlife in sending a loud, clear message to the Obama administration about the importance of protecting the Polar Bear Seas.

Take action today and tell them NO harmful offshore drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9 signatures
    2. Earlier this week, it was the 22nd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. With tens of thousands of gallons of oil still just below the surface of Prince William Sound's beaches, how can the government open up Arctic waters to drilling?

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    3. Reached 6 signatures
    4. Will the White House Sacrifice Polar Bears to Big Oil?

      Hey, here's a brilliant idea. Take an environmental disaster on the scale of Deepwater Horizon, except instead of the Gulf of Mexico, let's watch it happen in one of the most remote, inaccessible, and wildlife-rich areas on the globe. That's exactly...

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Judith Pecho CORRALES, NM
      • over 3 years ago

      Anyone who would authorize drilling oil in the Arctic less than one year after the Horizon disaster has to be insane or corrupt and cares nothing for the health of the planet and it's human and non-human life. There are alternatives to fossil fuel. Why are you not supporting this? It is possible now. Give tax credits or government rebates to people who install solar on their homes, start government paid windmills. Stop this privatization of profits to the wealthy. Adjust your priorities. No drilling for oil in Alaska.

      • over 3 years ago

      Stop this filthy company and their filthy money from taking the place where polar bears live. Also other aninals walrus and whales. This company is a disgrace and what they want to do will endanger these magnificent animals. So please tell them what to do with their money and do NOT allow them to drill.

      • over 3 years ago

      it's beyond belief that anyone right-thinking American would even consider drilling in the "Polar Bear Seas!" It cannot be done safely, not by any stretch of the imagination, regardless of what one might think.

    • Patricia Magoffin LA CANADA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      We are hearing that this administration wants to develop alternate energy sources-and this goes completely contrary to that end. Lets see you put your money where your mouth is and keep the Polar Bear Seas to the polar bears.

      • over 3 years ago

      Nothing is more important than saving the polar bears and all the other creatures that are being destroyed for monetary reasons. It would serve a better purpose if the powers that be would put their efforts into healthier types of fuel, for, as go the wild creatures, we are not far behind on that death list,...wake up before it is too late!!!


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