Target: Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Demand: Don’t let Shell drill for oil in the remote Chukchi Sea.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently gave Shell the go-ahead to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea as long as the company can get the necessary permits.
Unfortunately, the Chukchi Sea is one of the most dangerous places in the world to drill. If there were a spill, the closest Coast Guard station that would be equipped to clean up the spill is 1,000 miles away. Additionally, the extreme weather and 50-foot waves would make it difficult to access.
The Chukchi Sea is also a migration route for Bowhead whales and walruses so drilling for oil in this area will put those animals in harm’s way.
Demand that this not go forward.
Dear Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,
Shell was recently given permission to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea. If there were a spill, the closest Coast Guard station is 1,000 miles away, making clean-up difficult to say the least.
In addition, whales, walruses, and many other animals travel through the area as part of their migration route and to feed. Drilling in this area would put these defenseless animals directly in harm’s way.
We the undersigned urge you to revoke your permit allowing Shell to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea.
[Your Name Here]
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