Friday, March 23, 2012

Another Exxon Valdez?

Our mild winter and early spring this year in Minnesota is nice in some ways, but it does trigger fears about global warming. This timely email from the Alaska Wilderness League merits the attention of all conscientious people, no matter where you pitch your tent on the Planet Earth.

Tomorrow will mark 23 years since the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s beautiful and wild Prince William Sound. This spill is considered one of the most devastating in history, with disastrous effects on wildlife and humans. Tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil still linger there today.

Nobody wants a repeat of the Exxon Valdez, but right now, Shell Oil’s drill ships are on their way to America’s Arctic Ocean to begin the most aggressive offshore Arctic drilling program in history.  The remote Arctic Ocean, with its volatile weather and towering sea ice, is home to polar bears, walrus, whales and birds.  It’s a beautiful but dangerous place – and if a spill should occur, the reality is that Shell has no viable plan to clean it up.

Please call President Obama today at (202) 456-1414 and ask him to protect America’s Arctic Ocean by stopping Shell’s risky drilling plans.
Shell is pushing to drill in our Arctic waters with no viable plan to clean up an oil spill in the Arctic’s extreme conditions, and with limited information about the Arctic’s marine environment.  The fact is there is no proven way to clean an oil spill in sea ice. And even if Shell could clean up the oil, the Arctic Ocean is so remote – the nearest Coast Guard station is 1,000 miles away – that a quick response would be impossible.

Now, more than two decades after the Exxon Valdez disaster, the American people want real change when it comes to offshore drilling – not just business as usual.  Right now, President Obama is considering whether or not he will stop Shell’s risky drilling plans.  If he fails to act now, he could be left with the next major oil spill disaster on his hands – and the destruction of one of our planet’s most vital ecosystems.

Please call President Obama today at (202) 456-1414 and ask him to protect America’s Arctic Ocean.

Thanks for all you do.
Leah Donahey
Western Arctic and Oceans Program Director
Alaska Wilderness League

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