Protect Arctic Wildlife from Offshore Drilling

Target: US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Goal: Stop offshore oil drilling in the Arctic from endangering polar bears, beluga whales, and other at-risk species.

Some of the world’s largest oil companies have their eyes on the Arctic. Companies like Shell Oil want to start offshore drilling in Arctic waters, including the fragile Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s western coast. But while Arctic offshore oil drilling could be a bonanza for Big Oil, it would threaten species like polar bears, walruses, and beluga whales. A major oil spill in Arctic waters would be disastrous for these and other wildlife, and would be extremely difficult to clean up. No proven, effective technology exists to remove spilled oil from the treacherous Arctic environment, so the effects of a spill would likely linger for decades.

As if that’s not bad enough, drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea is also inconsistent with President Obama’s stated goal of curbing climate change. Offshore Arctic drilling would put more oil on the international market, at a time when we need to be shifting away from fossil fuels and embracing renewable energy. Not only that, but the drilling operations themselves would be a source of soot pollution, which would coat nearby ice sheets. Because black soot absorbs heat faster than clean ice, soot pollution would exacerbate the effects of climate change, causing ice sheets to melt even faster than they already are.

Despite these risks, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is considering leasing new offshore tracts in the Chukchi Sea to oil companies for drilling. Sign the petition below to submit a public comment telling the Bureau not to lease Arctic waters to Big Oil.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,

We, the undersigned, are writing to urge you not to lease additional offshore areas in the Chukchi Sea for oil drilling. Shell’s failed 2012 attempt to begin offshore drilling in the Arctic shows that the oil industry is unprepared to drill in this fragile and challenging environment. In fact, oil companies have not yet demonstrated that they can safely take advantage of the offshore leases they already own. Given this reality, it makes no sense to lease additional waters to the oil industry.

A major oil spill in the Arctic would be nothing short of disastrous. The frozen Arctic environment presents special challenges when it comes to cleaning up an oil spill, and the industry has not shown they are prepared to deal with a spill in the Chukchi Sea. Yet if offshore drilling is allowed in the Arctic, human error and the challenging environment make it all but inevitable that a spill will occur sooner or later.

We urge you to do the right thing for the Arctic, and cancel plans to put additional offshore areas up for lease to the oil industry. Please also re-evaluate existing proposals to drill in the Arctic, and protect Arctic water from reckless offshore drilling operations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: National Marine Mammal Laboratory

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4 Comments

  1. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with every bit of your post. And it’s been proven that anyone who will harm and animal willl do the same to humans! These people need to be put on an offenders list as it’s common knowledge that better results come form more scientific rescources. The people who do this on a daily basis do so because they enjoy hurting these sweet dogs. They should be put on an offenders list so we’re aware of who they are so they can get their hands on our pets or even us. They are very sick people and we need to be able to keep an eye on them at all times!

  3. These are my thoughts on this matter.

    Animals and human beings are like organs from one body. They are in fact from one precious element. If an organ in the body hurts, other parts will become infected. So if you feel unaffected from the grief of other animals or human beings…You should not call yourself a Human Being.

    “We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”
    ~ William Ralph Inge

    When will the world see the wood from the trees…We must do something to protect the Arctic and our wild brethren from the force of greed and avaricious behavour. Humans are on a slippery slope and the end of the slippery slide will probably be a rough landing.

  4. HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE ??

    People need to vote unacting dumb authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations NOW AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED MONSTERS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLE SHOULD REALLY KICK THE BUCKET AS SOON AS EVER POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS INFANTILISM AND UNHUMANE WORLDWIDE DISASTERS – ALL OF THAT GREED INFANTILE DESTRUCTIVE KILLERMONSTERS SHOULD BE SEPARATED FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS.

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    WE ARE NOT WILLING TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF WORST CONDITIONS LEFT TO FUTUREGENERATIONS WHICH YOU ARE CREATING!

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