Last week we celebrated a major victory when a federal court stopped oil and gas companies from drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea -- one of our nation’s two Polar Bear Seas.
But that ruling does NOT apply to Shell’s plans for drilling off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Beaufort -- the second of the two Polar Bear Seas.
Please watch my new video about this critical issue.
President Obama has stopped Shell’s offshore drilling for this drilling season.
But Shell will be back next summer, sinking its drill bits into the Beaufort Sea -- unless you and I apply overwhelming public pressure to stop them.
We can’t afford a repeat of the Gulf oil spill disaster in America’s Arctic.
That’s why, after you watch my video, I need you to join me in signing our Petition, which urges President Obama to impose a seven-year timeout on offshore drilling in the Arctic. That reprieve is urgently needed so that scientists can carefully study the real risks of drilling in this most sensitive of all environments.
You and I must act now to avert a disaster in the Arctic. Please tell President Obama to stand up to the oil industry and put the Arctic off-limits to offshore drilling for seven years.
Thank you for fighting alongside NRDC to keep the Arctic wild and free.
Trustee, Natural Resources Defense Council
P.S. Time is running out. Shell has said they will apply soon for permits allowing them to drill next summer. Does anyone really believe that oil drilling in the Arctic will be perfectly safe by next summer? A spill in the Arctic would be devastating to polar bears and other wildlife. Please watch my urgent video and then take action to help stop Shell. Thank you.