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The pristine waters of America's Arctic Ocean are in danger. These waters provide critical habitat for iconic species such as polar bears, whales, and walrus that are already suffering the effects of dramatic climate change. Little is known about this region and about how this region may be affected by oil drilling.

Approving oil drilling is a move away from a clean energy economy and towards a deeper reliance on dirty fossil fuels while putting our Arctic Ocean and the wildlife that thrive there at unnecessary risk. Ultimately, drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean is not consistent with a responsible course to combat climate change, something the President has committed to in his second term.

Additionally, after the failures of Shell Oil's drilling efforts last year, the Administration needs to reassess its course before moving forward with drilling. Putting oil drilling rigs into sensitive waters could have catastrophic effects. Information is missing to assess the impacts of drilling, let alone responsibly manage it. And no technology currently exists to clean up oil spilled in frozen seas.

Urge Secretary Jewell to re-evaluate offshore oil drilling in these remote waters.

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To: Secretary Sally Jewell, US Department of the Interior

Allowing oil drilling and development in the pristine and remote waters of America's Arctic Ocean is a risky and unnecessary venture. Government scientists agree that more data is needed to fully understand the impacts of an oil spill in this sensitive region. Given this, I urge you gather vital missing baseline data and reassess oil spill response capacity before moving forward with leasing and drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

This remote region is one of the least understood areas of the world, and an oil spill would devastate endangered marine wildlife and would severely affect Native subsistence communities which have thrived in this remote region for thousands of years. No technology currently exists to clean up an oil spill in frozen and icy seas.

The rush to allow oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean moves us away from a clean energy future that doesn't rely on dirty fossil fuels. It puts a sensitive ecosystem at unnecessary risk. It threatens endangered and threatened species, as well as Native communities.

Please step back and reassess whether to open the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling. The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico devastated and continues to haunt that region. Don't make the same mistake twice by opening the Arctic Ocean to unsafe oil drilling.


Petition Signatures

Oct 21, 2014 Ewa Poligaj
Oct 21, 2014 Carla Pratas
Oct 21, 2014 Deborah Morrison
Oct 21, 2014 Janet Hollinger
Oct 21, 2014 Gianni Vaccaro
Oct 20, 2014 Kerrie Johnson
Oct 20, 2014 Ruby Marbury
Oct 20, 2014 Shelley Brennan Don't make the same mistake twice by opening the Arctic Ocean to unsafe oil drilling.
Oct 20, 2014 DANA SCHULER
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) thank you!
Oct 20, 2014 Keith Wilkinson
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Oct 20, 2014 muriel stillemans
Oct 20, 2014 melissa skye
Oct 19, 2014 Paula Kohl
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Oct 19, 2014 Elena Pimiakova
Oct 19, 2014 Sam Bennekens
Oct 19, 2014 john durkin
Oct 19, 2014 Anna Tolmacheva
Oct 19, 2014 MaryAnna Hunt
Oct 19, 2014 lynn Nunley
Oct 19, 2014 Hana Cernochova
Oct 19, 2014 Brian Armer
Oct 18, 2014 Bianca Coles
Oct 18, 2014 Nola Chambers
Oct 18, 2014 Jane White
Oct 18, 2014 Gloria Alvarado
Oct 18, 2014 Renee Feliz
Oct 18, 2014 christine cooper I say NO Arctic Drilling and so should they!
Oct 18, 2014 Kris Mccleery
Oct 18, 2014 LEO ALONZO
Oct 17, 2014 Monika Grassin
Oct 17, 2014 Susan Glarum
Oct 17, 2014 Jo DeGeorge
Oct 17, 2014 Rebecca Mills
Oct 17, 2014 Judy Spaulding
Oct 17, 2014 Michelle Schroeder
Oct 17, 2014 Lucinda Greene
Oct 17, 2014 Marilyn Benitez
Oct 17, 2014 Tina Naylor
Oct 17, 2014 Roger Lilley water is life, simple.
Oct 17, 2014 Debbie Youngs
Oct 17, 2014 Alexandra Chevalier
Oct 17, 2014 Ashley Bowe
Oct 17, 2014 Melissa McGuire
Oct 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) KEEP UP ALL that GOOD WORK:-) THANK YOU;-)
Oct 17, 2014 Sharon Quinn
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