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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 31, 2014 Luis Fernandes We know better, and plain GREED is not the answer to our energy problems ! Wake up America ! I hope you heard me Secretary Jewell !
Oct 31, 2014 Morgan Boots
Oct 31, 2014 dr vipul dave
Oct 31, 2014 Louise Ruoff Please give our children and grandchildren a future by leaving them a plant to live on that is filled with the wonders we have been blessed with.
Oct 31, 2014 Barbra Clark Please re-evaluate offshore oil drilling in remote waters.!!!
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 Davinia Bleijenberg
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 29, 2014 Miquel López López
Oct 29, 2014 Patricia Radder
Oct 29, 2014 Terrie Matson
Oct 29, 2014 Rosemary Webber
Oct 29, 2014 Jamie Palombo Would you allow oil drilling in your neighborhood or front yard? The Arctic Ocean is home to many beautiful and endangered wildlife. They do not get a choice. This is our opportunity to protect them.
Oct 29, 2014 Denise Abel
Oct 29, 2014 linda ventriglia
Oct 29, 2014 eva schalin
Oct 28, 2014 Hailey Lorino
Oct 28, 2014 Connie Smith
Oct 28, 2014 Salita chanthara
Oct 28, 2014 lesley wilson
Oct 28, 2014 MICHELE ALDAO
Oct 28, 2014 luba beganovic
Oct 27, 2014 Oyvind Nyheim
Oct 27, 2014 Tara Hunt
Oct 27, 2014 Georgia Soulopulos
Oct 27, 2014 Dajana Camo
Oct 26, 2014 Shelby Burris
Oct 26, 2014 Pamela Snider
Oct 26, 2014 Leonor Brito
Oct 26, 2014 Tony Botha
Oct 26, 2014 Lynn Currier
Oct 25, 2014 Debra Lilienthal
Oct 25, 2014 Jess Bell
Oct 25, 2014 lesa bushman
Oct 25, 2014 Kristen Lewandowski
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Oct 24, 2014 Susannah Martin
Oct 24, 2014 Virginia Allgaier
Oct 24, 2014 Pacheco Beverly
Oct 24, 2014 Rebecca Jacquez
Oct 24, 2014 donna crescioli
Oct 24, 2014 Rose Izikoff
Oct 24, 2014 Susan Holmes
Oct 24, 2014 Lorena Songcayawon
Oct 24, 2014 Sharon McCabe
Oct 24, 2014 Maria Dimaio
Oct 24, 2014 Debby Roegner
Oct 24, 2014 Cathleen Cascia
Oct 24, 2014 Robin Huff The dangers posed to the Arctic by offshore drilling are far too severe to even consider it. The waters and creatures are already fighting climate change for their survival.
Oct 23, 2014 Christiane Santos

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