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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

Jan 27, 2015 Alessandra Sulis
Jan 27, 2015 Alu Frédéric
Jan 27, 2015 Miryam Garcia
Jan 26, 2015 Robin Acton
Jan 26, 2015 Brita Bonechi
Jan 26, 2015 Jane Oberlander
Jan 26, 2015 Lorie Ruskin
Jan 26, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 26, 2015 Bryana Nesbitt
Jan 25, 2015 Barbara Gladfelter
Jan 25, 2015 Janina Grage
Jan 25, 2015 brigitte siewior
Jan 25, 2015 Bonnie Roberts We MUST preserve our land. Without a healthy environment, who will need oil?
Jan 24, 2015 Patti McCarron
Jan 24, 2015 S Matthews
Jan 23, 2015 jolene nelson keep taking from the environment without giving back and protecting it we all lose
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Jan 23, 2015 Dr Joseph
Jan 23, 2015 Stephen Kruidenier
Jan 23, 2015 Shawnda Schwartz
Jan 22, 2015 Susan LeibyPadlo
Jan 22, 2015 Katharina Otto
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Jan 22, 2015 Vanesa Marinova
Jan 21, 2015 Katherine Weesner
Jan 20, 2015 anne picke'
Jan 20, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
Jan 20, 2015 Olga Gerovac
Jan 20, 2015 Juan Pablo Esteban Conde
Jan 20, 2015 hannah wilson
Jan 19, 2015 Jan Wachholz
Jan 19, 2015 Annemarie Krogholm
Jan 19, 2015 Arianne Bär
Jan 19, 2015 Heather Bendele There are other options for fuel and profit. Please do not allow companies to do business that will likely exploit the natural environment with irreversible effects. There's no business on a dead planet.
Jan 19, 2015 Kaye Porter
Jan 19, 2015 Laura Young
Jan 19, 2015 cathy schmiers
Jan 19, 2015 gabi blau
Jan 19, 2015 Sharon Galbraith
Jan 19, 2015 Betty Reyes
Jan 18, 2015 Vania Werneck
Jan 18, 2015 Suzan Scott I love to help save a lot of the animals .
Jan 18, 2015 Janice Banks
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Jan 18, 2015 joos branders
Jan 18, 2015 Kathi Abrams
Jan 18, 2015 Alberto Elisabeth
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