Reject Shell’s Permit to Drill in the Arctic

oil rig in the arctic sunset

Target: EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson

Goal: Cancel Shell’s permit to drill in the Arctic.

Recently, the EPA granted Shell a drilling permit to look for oil in the Arctic, approving the first major offshore oil drilling operation in the fragile Arctic ecosystem. Now, Shell has admitted it won’t be able to meet the air pollution rules the company had agreed to, giving the EPA the option to cancel Shell’s permit. Urge the EPA to prevent Shell from contaminating the Arctic by rejecting its permit.

Only weeks away from starting offshore oil drilling, Shell has begun to make excuses so the EPA will weaken important safety standards. It is clear that Shell cannot be trusted to prioritize the environment. Shell has a long list of broken promises. The Obama Administration must realize that allowing Shell to drill in a place as delicate as the Arctic is without doubt a recipe for disaster.

Just this weekend, Shell lost control of a drilling rig stationed a thousand miles south of the Arctic. The company blamed the moderate winds, yet these winds are nothing compared to the strong, consistent winds they would encounter in the heart of the Arctic. The rig is one of the oldest in the world and has had similar malfunctions. Still, Shell refuses to upgrade its equipment. The Coast Guard had required Shell to upgrade its nearly forty-year-old oil spill recovery barge so it could withstand stronger weather, but Shell insists that those upgrades are not necessary, despite evidence to the contrary.

To make matters worse, Shell has also recently admitted that its initial spill response claims were overstated. Shell had originally said that it could “recover” 95% of oil in case of a major spill. Now, the company has retracted their statement, saying they actually meant to say they could “encounter” 95% of the oil. They did not bother to explain what “encountering” the oil actually meant.

Sign the petition below to urge EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to reject Shell’s permit to drill in the Arctic. The odds for a major environmental disaster are unacceptably high.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson,

I am writing to urge you to revisit your decision to let Shell control the first major offshore oil drilling operation in the fragile Arctic ecosystem. Since Shell has admitted it won’t be able to meet the air pollution rules the company had originally agreed to, Shell itself has given the EPA the option to rightfully cancel the permit.

Only weeks away from starting offshore oil drilling, Shell has begun to make excuses to try to weaken important safety standards. It is clear that Shell cannot be trusted to prioritize the environment. Shell has a long list of broken promises, and allowing Shell to drill in a place as delicate as the Arctic is without doubt a recipe for disaster.

Just this weekend, Shell lost control of a drilling rig stationed a thousand miles south of the Arctic. The company blamed the moderate winds, yet these winds are nothing compared to the strong, consistent winds they would encounter in the heart of the Arctic. The rig is one of the oldest in the world and has had similar malfunctions in the past. Still, Shell refuses to upgrade its equipment. The Coast Guard had required Shell to upgrade its nearly forty-year-old oil spill recovery barge so it could withstand stronger weather, but Shell insists that those upgrades are not necessary, despite evidence to the contrary.

To make matters worse, Shell has also recently admitted that its initial spill response claims were overstated. Shell had originally said that it could “recover” 95% of oil in case of a major spill. Now, the company has retracted their statement, saying they actually meant to say they could “encounter” 95% of the oil. Whatever that means, it is not good enough. The odds for a major environmental disaster are unacceptably high.

Please take this major opportunity to protect the Arctic. Shell does not deserve the trust you have granted it thus far. I urge you to reject its excuses and cancel its permit to prevent the next major drilling disaster in the Arctic.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Big oil is never concerned with the consequences, only their personal profits.

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