Reject Obama’s Approval of Arctic Oil Drilling

oil drilling by US department of energy

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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  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Not to drill oil in cold water — is household conversation knowlegde since th 1970’s.

  2. Bina Pannell says:

    Signed but again – little people against Big Oil Giants??? Obama isn’t educated enough in ethics to give a fig about the environment, animals or anything else.

  3. Stan Benton says:

    Obama has been a huge right wing sellout to Big Oil, Big Ag, and all the other “big monies” since Rahm Emanuel and his rich buddies bought him the Presidency in 2008 instead of Hillary. He still talks “progressive”, even more now than he used to, but still can’t be trusted any further than you can spit. Thanks for this petition – a tiny step to at least show that not everybody is fooled by him.

    • Rosemary Miler says:

      This petition is for preserving the environment and not a platform for your intense dislike of Obama.

  4. Stephanie Geyser says:

    Remember the Exxon Valdez? Remember the Deepwater Horizon? Do we want another repeat of these and other massive oil spills?

  5. Phillip Yezierski says:

    i can see that the people that wrote this petition haven’t clue about the Chukchi Sea, walrus do not range that far north, I have never seen any there.
    Also they have been drilling in the Chukchi Sea for many years.

    If you were lucky enough to even visit the area you could not even be allowed to piss on the ground. I am sure the people that wrote this never left the lower 48 states.

    The State of Alaska frowns harshly on polluting our State.

  6. Michael Guest says:

    These are bad setbacks. We should be focusing more on conservation and climate change. We insist that this shouldn’t go further.

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