BREAKING: Shell cancels 2014 Arctic drilling
Shell just announced that for the second year in a row, it will not drill in the Arctic waters off the US coast of Alaska. This is a major victory for all of us working to save the Arctic, but now we need to fight harder than ever if we’re going to win.
This is far from over. Shell hasn’t permanently cancelled its Arctic drilling program, and is still planning to partner with Russian oil giant Gazprom to plunder the Russian Arctic. Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya rig, where the Arctic 30 were arrested for peaceful protest, just extracted the first painful drops of oil from icy Arctic waters.
Arctic drilling puts an already fragile environment in grave danger. In the extreme and unpredictable conditions of the far north, an oil spill is all too likely -- and help in the case of an accident, too far away. The home of the polar bears is melting fast, and just one major spill could poison vast areas of this pristine ecosystem.
Shell is running out of excuses. It spent over $5 billion on its Alaska program since 2003, but has nothing but failures to show for it. We know that investors and other oil companies are watching the situation closely. It’s up to us to make sure they decide the Arctic is too remote, too hostile, and too iconic to risk.
In the coming months, we’re going to make our campaign to save the Arctic stronger than ever, and we’re going to win. But for that, we need YOU.
For the Arctic,
Greenpeace US Online Campaigner
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