Right now the only thing standing between BP and the next drilling disaster is the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. In the wake of its Deepwater Horizon spill, BP has been under intense scrutiny in Alaska where the company proposes to drill in the arctic waters off Alaska’s north coast with a project it calls “Liberty.” BP pressed ahead with Liberty after the Deepwater Horizon spill, dodging the moratorium on new offshore drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska by proposing to drill from a gravel island they built, and then classifying the drilling as “onshore!” In late November, BP announced it was delaying Liberty for another year, which is welcome news, but the project must be canceled for good.
What they’re actually proposing to do is insane. Their current plan calls for a well to be drilled that extends two miles below the seabed and then six to eight miles sideways to get at the oil they believe lies below federal waters in the Beaufort Sea. You read that correctly: drill two miles down, then drill six to eight miles sideways. It’s a disaster waiting to happen in a place where oil spill cleanup is impossible, and where BP is already under fire for record-setting oil spills in Alaska’s Arctic in the last four years. We can’t let this happen.
Take action today and tell Secretary Salazar to deny BP’s application to drill for the Liberty project!