Below is an email from Drew Hudson of the organization Environmental Action, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Dear MoveOn member,
Shell Oil has been trying for the past year to start drilling operations in the Arctic, and already there have been several near disasters and blunders that heighten our concern over drilling in the risky climate of the Arctic.
Shell Oil announced earlier this month that it will not resume its oil drilling efforts in the Arctic until at least 2014. While this is not a promise to drop its goal of putting oil platforms in the wild, remote Arctic, it is an admission by Shell that their plans are fraught with problems.
This gives us more time to convince the Obama administration to ban Arctic drilling, before Shell has a chance to resume operations.
The petition I created on SignOn.org to President Barack Obama says:
In Shell's first year of trying to drill in the Arctic, it had a ship and an oil rig run aground, had to move an oil rig because of an approaching iceberg the size of Manhattan, and had problems getting federal safety inspectors to approve one of its main disaster response vessels.
Even if Shell had avoided those blunders, drilling in the Arctic is a bad idea—and should be off the table entirely. The Arctic is both pristine and wild, and any drilling accidents would be a disaster for the environment and a nightmare to clean up.
Please ban Arctic drilling immediately and permanently.
–Drew Hudson, Environmental Action
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