Don't Allow Shell Oil to Destroy America's Arctic

The Inupiat people of Alaska's North Slope stand to lose everything if Shell is allowed to drill in Arctic waters. For thousands of years, they have survived off the bounty of "their garden," which is home to polar bears, bowhead whales, ice seals, walrus and so much more.
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An Open Letter to Michael Bromwich, Director of the Bureauof Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

Re: Shell's push to drill in the Arctic

Dear Director Bromwich:

You recently said that you were studying how to treat

In the wake of the largest environmental disaster in ournation's history – one

Shell is pushing an aggressive plan to drill 10 wells in theArctic's Chukchi and Beaufort Seas that more often than not, are covered inthick, vast sheets of ice. As part of its expensive and slick public relationscampaign, Shell claims that it has "perfected" Arctic oil spill response. Theoil giant's oilspill response plan for the Arctic states that it would be able to clean up

Part of Shell's slick propaganda campaign includes a

Shell does acknowledge in their

Shell also recently admitted that

Couple all this with the fact that Shell was recently foundto be responsible for

But that's not all. In May, Shell was

Shell says that it takes seriously its "

And these are just Shell's misdeeds in Arctic waters. Theseexamples don't come close to Shell's human rights abuses and grossenvironmental degradation in the Niger Delta. As Williams Mkpa, a communityleader in Ibeno, told the

The Inupiat peopleof Alaska's North Slope stand to lose everything if Shell is allowed todrill in Arctic waters. For thousands of years, they have survived off thebounty of "their garden," which is home to polar bears, bowhead whales, iceseals, walrus and so much more. Director Bromwich, you must not stand by andlet Shell do what has done throughout the world to a place that, if destroyed,can never be replaced. Together with the Inupiat people, I ask you to protectthe Arctic garden.

Sincerely,

Cindy Shogan

Executive Director

Alaska Wilderness League

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