This was sent to my email and I signed it. I hope you will do the same. Drilling in the pristine waters of the arctic is taking a reckless risk to the fragile environment there.
Today in Seattle, Shell workers are putting the finishing touches on two massive oil drilling rigs – and training for what to do if something goes terribly wrong far out in the icy waters of the north Arctic.
In just a few weeks, these Shell crews will head to Alaska's North Slope to drill test wells in the same frigid waters where the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of thick, dirty, deadly oil in 1989.
Shell claims they're prepared to deal with a spill this time around, but scientists say that no one knows for sure how to clean up oil in the icy Arctic or if it can even be done. The EPA is supposed to protect us from environmental disasters – so why did they approve a plan that could cause an environmental catastrophe?
Even if every single piece of equipment, worker and procedure works flawlessly this summer, day-to-day drilling operations will still harm and kill wildlife that live in the northern waters. The disruptive noises and vibrations damage the sonar that dolphins and whales rely on to find their way (and each other) underwater. And the water that wells up with the oil is full of toxins like mercury and lead – and oil companies dump that poisonous water right into the ocean.
The Exxon Valdez spill marked the last time anyone searched for oil in the Arctic. And that spill poisoned the air and water and killed over 100,000 seabirds, as well as sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles and orcas. More than twenty years later, oil from the spill is still found in the ice. And much more recently, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster reminded us the devastation that can happen even in the warmer, easier to clean waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
We can't let another oil spill catastrophe take place! Sign our last-minute petition to the EPA – tell them not to put the Arctic at risk with any more drilling.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT!