The mayor and other residents of Point Hope, Alaska share their concerns about Shell’s offshore drilling plans in the Arctic. Residents of this town, also known as “Tikigaq,” have survived for generations off the bounty of the Chukchi Sea, which is now threatened by pollution, noise, and the risk of an oil spill that would come with offshore drilling.
The campaign was launched today because the Arctic Circle is defined as the area of the globe where on the summer solstice – June 21st – the sun doesn’t set for a whole day.
Shell is due to begin exploratory drilling at two offshore sites in the Alaskan Arctic in the coming weeks. If Shell is successful this summer, an Arctic oil rush will be sparked and the push to carve up the region will accelerate. Russian oil giant Gazprom is also pushing into the offshore Arctic this year.
It is time to Save the Arctic.
The ongoing oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico reminds us that offshore drilling is dangerous and dirty. It harms wildlife, ecosystems and the economy. Tell the government NO to offshore drilling. Sign the petition at www.StopTheDrill.org.
The government opened thousands of miles of American coastline to oil and gas exploration. Don’t let dirty, dangerous oil drilling happen on your watch! Learn more at StopTheDrill.org and Oceana.org.