Breaking news: Shell has announced 2015 plans that could bring not one, but two drilling rigs to the Chukchi Sea. That spells double trouble for the Arctic—say NO to Shell’s plan.
Shell’s already tried and failed. When Shell tried to drill in the Chukchi Sea two years ago, it had to stop after just one day because a huge ice floe drifted into the area. A couple months later, the company’s drillship caught fire. Their proposed oil spill containment system? It was “crushed like a beer can” during testing.
By the end of the season, Shell’s drillship was hobbled by mechanical difficulties and had to be towed to Asia.
And now Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea with not one, but TWO rigs at the same time? It would be a joke if there wasn’t so much at stake.
If a disaster like BP Deepwater Horizon happened in the Arctic, spill response would be even more challenging. The Arctic’s sea ice, freezing temperatures, gale force winds, and lack of visibility could make cleanup next to impossible. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said only a fraction of the oil would ever be recovered.
The rapidly changing climate, including extreme deterioration of the summer sea ice, is already putting Arctic marine animals at risk. People who live in coastal communities in the Arctic depend on a clean and healthy ocean to support their way of life. We can’t stand by while Shell puts them all in danger.