Don’t Put Whales and Polar Bears at Risk
The federal government is deciding whether to allow more drilling for oil and gas in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. Speak up now to forbid drilling in areas that marine species rely on to survive.
A year ago, you and thousands of others across the country spoke out against drilling for oil and gas in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Your voice was heard. The federal government upped its oversight in the region and Royal Dutch Shell announced in February that it would temporarily forgo its plans to drill in that region.
But now the federal government is considering opening up more of the Chukchi Sea for drilling.
Act Now: Let the federal government know that, first and foremost, you oppose any drilling in the Chukchi Sea. But, if drilling is to be allowed, areas that are important to wildlife and local communities should be off limits.
I know that, like me, you want to keep offshore oil and gas development out of the Chukchi and the rest of Arctic waters because the right technology for preventing or responding to an oil spill in such an icy, remote and dark area is not in place. This became clear when Shell attempted to drill in Alaska in 2012--but failed miserably.
If drilling is to be allowed, I want to make sure it doesn’t happen in parts of the Chukchi that are a summer home to walruses and beluga whales, migration corridors for bowhead whales, and feeding areas for ploar bears.
Take Action: Tell the federal government to ensure that the parts of the Chukchi that marine species rely on for food, migration and breeding will be off limits to development.
Thank you for all you do to protect wildlife and rural communities in Alaska.