30 Aug

Obama administration threw the doors of the Arctic open to Shell Oil,—-Save the breathtaking Arctic

Center for Biological Diversity

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Dear The McGlynn,

Polar bear with cubs

Moments ago the Obama administration threw the doors of the Arctic open to
Shell Oil,
allowing it to immediately begin to drill for oil in the heart of
protected habitat critical to the survival of polar bears.

administration gave Shell initial approval for controversial and dangerous oil
drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska
despite the fact that a critical
oil-spill containment vessel is still awaiting certification.

This is
a monumental mistake that puts human life, wildlife and the environment in
terrible danger.
The harsh and frozen conditions of the Arctic make drilling
risky, and an oil spill would be impossible to clean up.

I wanted to send
you the news right away and let you know that the Center for Biological
Diversity is redoubling our commitment to save the breathtaking Arctic
its wildlife and keep it from becoming a dirty, deadly industrial zone. We’ll
take swift action to beat back other oil companies that are already lining up
behind Shell, eager to bust into pristine Arctic habitat and pad their profits
at the expense of polar bears, walruses and whales.

The Center has
kept Shell out of the Arctic since 2007, and today’s news hits hard
. But our
team of scientists, lawyers and advocates are deeply committed to our all-out
campaign to protect the Arctic. It will mean a massive effort in the courts,
Congress and the media — and with the American people.

We all know the
dangers of drilling for oil in the harsh, remote Arctic: An oil spill will be
virtually impossible to clean up with the nearest Coast Guard station 1,000
miles away
. The Arctic’s wildlife will be left to fend for themselves,
struggling to survive against long odds.

Let me be very clear about
what’s at stake with today’s news:
Once the Arctic is ruined, there’s no
going back. Unique animals like polar bears, yellow-billed loons, eiders,
walruses, whales and ice seals that have evolved over millions of years to
survive in this frozen wilderness — and nowhere else — will be condemned to

We’ll be in touch in the days ahead about Shell’s drilling
operations, the Center’s actions and what this means for the Arctic and its
We can only keep fighting to save the Arctic by counting on you
and other members to step up and take action when we need it most. Thank you for
staying with us in the fight.

Stay tuned,

Kieran Suckling
Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for
Biological Diversity


P.S. You can read more in our press release

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