Right now, Royal Dutch Shell’s drill ships are on their way to America’s Arctic Ocean to begin the most aggressive offshore Arctic drilling program in history – unless President Obama acts to stop them.
Please add your name to our petition and tell President Obama today to stop Shell and #SaveTheArctic!
In his State of the Union address, President Obama made a profound and welcome promise: “I will not back down from making sure an oil company can contain the kind of oil spill we saw in the Gulf two years ago.” He must keep this promise in America’s Arctic Ocean.
America’s Arctic coast and waters are home to Alaska’s Inupiat people, polar bears, ice seals, beluga whales, walrus and millions of birds. The Arctic also functions as our planet’s air conditioner. The Arctic is a region of extremes – extreme beauty, risks and resilience.
The risks of Arctic drilling are huge – at this point, drilling in the Arctic Ocean is tantamount to ‘Mission Impossible.’ The Arctic Ocean is prone to hurricane-force storms, 20-foot swells, sea ice up to 25 feet thick, sub-zero temperatures and months-long darkness. There is no proven way to clean up an oil spill in these extreme conditions. What’s more, the Arctic has extremely limited infrastructure (there are no roads or deep water ports and only a handful of small airports) and the nearest Coast Guard station is 1,000 miles away.