I’m thrilled to tell you that Shell announced yesterday that they canceled their 2009 drilling plans in the Alaska’s ‘Polar Bear Seas.’
This is a direct result of our recent court victory ruling that Shell could not start offshore drilling because the Department of Interior did not adequately assess the environmental and social impacts from drilling.Offshore drilling comes at too high a cost to Arctic communities and wildlife that are already facing unprecedented threats due to the effects of climate change.
This is the third year in a row that we’ve blocked Shell from drilling in the Arctic and we’re committed to keep fighting until we see permanent protections enacted in the region. In 2009 we’ll work with our Alaska Native partners to ensure the new administration addresses climate change and invests in renewable energies instead of perpetuating our addiction to oil.
We couldn’t have won this amazing victory without your support over the last year – thank you!
Thanks again and happy holidays,
Alaska Program DirectorPacific