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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

Aug 30, 2014 Kenneth Gakeler
Aug 30, 2014 Ivan Blancas
Aug 30, 2014 Gayle Ferguson
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) This should not be allowed....!
Aug 30, 2014 anna stopka
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Aug 30, 2014 Elizaveta Velikaya
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Aug 30, 2014 Naita Lizde
Aug 30, 2014 surya rajesh
Aug 30, 2014 Teresa Julian
Aug 30, 2014 Franziska Schneider
Aug 30, 2014 cjae tyler
Aug 29, 2014 Julian Huffer
Aug 29, 2014 ann cawley
Aug 29, 2014 Henrietta Baker
Aug 29, 2014 Fernanda Van Ysseldyk
Aug 29, 2014 Karen Zimmerman STOP DRILLING, be intelligent and find another way. We don't need oil - get into the present
Aug 29, 2014 Sunny Ryu
Aug 29, 2014 jessica trepanier
Aug 29, 2014 Nancy Phipps
Aug 29, 2014 Cari Gattolliat
Aug 29, 2014 Vikki Hallen
Aug 29, 2014 Christiane D'haese-Radano
Aug 29, 2014 joe fox
Aug 29, 2014 Ajay Welinkar
Aug 29, 2014 Jennifer Mathis
Aug 29, 2014 Betty Dombek Baer
Aug 29, 2014 Ann Mussey
Aug 29, 2014 E.H. Moore
Aug 29, 2014 Anne Wandler
Aug 29, 2014 Maria Niño
Aug 29, 2014 Janet Lippis
Aug 29, 2014 Geri Wynn
Aug 29, 2014 Wilma Rittel
Aug 29, 2014 Mike Jarrett
Aug 29, 2014 May Jones We all know that oil drilling in the Arctic will eventually result in pipes leaking or rupturing. It happens every time there is oil drilling. The Arctic is too fragile for a spill.
Aug 29, 2014 Ariela Ressener
Aug 29, 2014 Dreama Bir
Aug 29, 2014 Stacy Thompson
Aug 29, 2014 Jeanine Ponce
Aug 29, 2014 Vesna Miladinovic
Aug 29, 2014 Leigh Bennett
Aug 29, 2014 Karlo Kajsler
Aug 29, 2014 Cerfontaine Jasmine
Aug 29, 2014 amy edwards
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 Sabine Möhler
Aug 28, 2014 Deborah DOdorico We have to take responsibility NOW...while we can. Please take everything into consideration. Our world is counting on it.

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