Shell Oil's latest drilling plans are just the tip of the iceberg in what could become an environmental catastrophe for the fragile Arctic region. Earlier this month the oil company announced that it will begin drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off the coast of northern Alaska. Such activity would threaten the livelihood of countless endangered species - bowhead whales, beluga whales, gray whales, several seal species, Pacific walrus, polar bears, and about 100 fish species. More alarming still, the remote region is located 1,000 miles from the nearest Coast Guard base, making clean-up efforts near impossible should an oil spill occur.
There is already a coalition of 70 conservation groups and indigenous rights organizations, represented by the public law firm Earthjustice, calling on Shell to abandon this reckless initiative. As consumers, we can also have a hand in protecting a truly unique part of the world from the scourge of dirty oil riggs; join the boycott against Shell and refuse to purchase your gas from their gas pumps. Until they own up to their irresponsible initiatives and agree to reverse drilling plans in the Arctic Seas, we will fill up anywhere but Shell!
All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small
All things wild and wonderful, the Lord God made them all!
- Love your world ~ Stafford