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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

May 30, 2015 Micaela deChaves
May 30, 2015 kenneth byrne
May 30, 2015 sandra wald Do not allow drilling in the Artic
May 30, 2015 Mandy Gunter
May 30, 2015 Gunnar Lien
May 30, 2015 Elisa Mc Alister
May 30, 2015 Marci Turner
May 29, 2015 Paul Jackson this is a disaster waiting to happen
May 29, 2015 Steve Ogden
May 29, 2015 Caroline Stroppel
May 29, 2015 Kat Levy
May 29, 2015 Anne tucker
May 29, 2015 Joan Durham
May 29, 2015 michelle fraley
May 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) why not put all that money to research ways to use energy that is endless, instead of continuing to destroy what is left of the world, poisoning the water, and the lives in it.
May 29, 2015 Charlene Shumate We have written for years about this problem. What part of "NO" do you not understand?
May 29, 2015 Fran Levesque
May 29, 2015 DONNA HALL
May 29, 2015 Carol Hernandez
May 29, 2015 Andrea castle
May 29, 2015 Julie Pierson
May 29, 2015 Lion Hesse “Animals, as part of God’s creation, have rights which must be respected. It behooves us always to be sensitive to their needs and to the reality of their pain.”—Dr. Donald Coggan, former Archbishop of Canterbury
May 29, 2015 Sean O'Keeffe
May 29, 2015 roberto penaherrera
May 29, 2015 Leonilde Carvalho
May 29, 2015 J S History will ALWAYS repeat itself, UNLESS WE change. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss
May 29, 2015 Carol Druppel
May 29, 2015 Mariamne Wulfsohn
May 29, 2015 Paulo Macedo SHELL ! LEAVE THE ARTIC ALONE...!!!!
May 29, 2015 Chelsea Pierce
May 29, 2015 Deborah Hunter
May 29, 2015 penelope mackenzie Just too dangerous!
May 29, 2015 ann waldrop
May 29, 2015 shauna seem
May 29, 2015 carol pettit
May 28, 2015 Lyndsey Johnson Idk whats wrong w/ so many people today. Instead of working on protecting the environment,people are worried about making$, or"progressing our economy",or other simply WRONG ideas to engage in,or allow. Please stop this b4 any of GOD'S creatures are h
May 28, 2015 Susan Aune Just don't! The environment is much more vital! Please think of the big picture. Haven't we hurt the earth enough!
May 28, 2015 Michael Hammes
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) If they are allowed to drill you can bet that eventually there will be a spill or other type of accident, the odds of it happening again are too great. Stop the drilling.
May 28, 2015 Jackie McDowell No further drilling by any company should be allowed until all past spills are cleaned up. All oil companies should be included in the mop up, and the effected area must be in better condition than before the tragic event.
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Nancy W.
May 28, 2015 Stella Hamilton
May 28, 2015 Mary B Newkirk
May 28, 2015 Katherine Wright
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) Quit ruining the last of our resources.
May 28, 2015 Drill Baby-Drill Please tell these jerkwads to shove their tree hugging pansie asses up the closest tail pipe.
May 28, 2015 Elena S

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