Shell stops hazardous Arctic drilling, for now


This video from Alaska says about itself:

1 July 2012

The mayor and other residents of Point Hope, Alaska share their concerns about Shell’s offshore drilling plans in the Arctic. Residents of this town, also known as “Tikigaq,” have survived for generations off the bounty of the Chukchi Sea, which is now threatened by pollution, noise, and the risk of an oil spill that would come with offshore drilling.

From Associated Press:

Shell ceases Alaska Arctic drilling after exploratory well disappoints

Oil company’s US president reveals decision after offshore well in the Chukchi sea basin

Monday 28 September 2015 07.04 BST

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has said it is ceasing exploration in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future, saying an exploratory well drilled to 6,800ft (2,100m) found oil and gas but not in sufficient quantities.

Shell USA’s president, Marvin Odum, said in an announcement early on Monday in the Netherlands that it was a disappointing outcome for that part of the Chukchi sea basin.

Shell drilled in 150ft (45m) of water about 80 miles (130km) off Alaska’s north-west coast. The exploratory well was the first in the Chukchi in 24 years.

Environmental groups oppose Arctic offshore drilling and say industrial activity and more greenhouse gases will harm polar bears, walrus and ice seals.

Over the summer, protesters in kayaks unsuccessfully tried to block Arctic-bound Shell vessels in Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

According to Dutch NOS TV, Shell also names environmental rules in Alaska, which they consider to be ‘too strict’, as a reason for stopping.

Shell does not exclude that they will start Arctic drilling again later.

Oil prices are low now, which certainly contributed to the decision.

So, there might be danger for the vulnerable Arctic environment again, if oil prices will go up and/or the pro environment movement would become less vigilant.

Greenpeace reacted today to the decision. They say they are happy about it; and that pressure by the pro environment movement contributed to it. However, they are not sure Shell will stay out of this area permanently.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES MASSIVE EXPANSION OF OFFSHORE DRILLING “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed a sweeping new offshore drilling plan aimed at opening huge swaths of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans to oil exploration as part of the Trump administration’s plan to transform the United States into a fossil fuel juggernaut.” [HuffPost]

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  5. Lola — this is big. After an extensive pressure campaign led by the Gwich’in people and our environmental allies to protect the Arctic Refuge, we have some major news:

    Goldman Sachs just announced they will no longer finance drilling or oil exploration in the Arctic.

    Here’s why this matters: Other major banks, including Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland, have already pulled out of financing Arctic drilling — Goldman Sachs is the first US bank to do it too.

    This could turn into a domino effect, but we need to move quickly while we have momentum to pressure other banks to do the same. If no one’s willing to finance the work, we could stop drilling in the Arctic, even if President Trump approves it.

    We need your help. The end of the year is just a couple weeks away, and it’s a major fundraising deadline here at LCV. What we can raise by the end of the year tells us just how big we can go with campaigns next year — and right now, we’re still $45,000 away from our funding goal.

    We’re asking every LCV supporter to chip in before the 12/31 deadline to help us add to the pressure on this critical fight. Please, contribute what you can — even if it’s just $5 — and your donation will be triple matched »

    The stakes here are huge. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge would destroy land that is sacred to the Gwich’in people and that they have relied on for millennia. And even the Trump administration’s environmental impact statement admits that drilling “may result in extinction” for nearly six dozen species of birds.

    Goldman Sachs pulling out of Arctic drilling was only possible because of years of organizing. LCV is proud to have stood in solidarity with other environmental organizations, activists, and the Gwich’in people — who met with Goldman Sachs multiple times.

    But there’s still more work to do.

    If we can change the conditions on the ground and keep up the momentum, then even if President Trump approves drilling leases, no company would want to move forward. This could be a make or break moment for drilling in the precious Arctic Refuge. As one news report explained, Goldman Sachs “may not be the last” bank to pull out.

    Every dollar you pitch in to power our Arctic campaign and other environmental fights will immediately TRIPLE in impact, until the December 31 deadline — don’t miss out on a chance to stop drilling in the Arctic »

    There’s a lot happening right now — from holiday preparations to the historic impeachment votes. It’s the exact kind of news environment that often allows corporations to avoid public pressure and for pro-polluter policies to go unnoticed.

    That’s why it’s so critical that LCV keeps up our campaign to protect the Arctic Refuge — something we can only do with your help. Please, make your gift of just $5 or more today and every dollar will TRIPLE for the environment »

    Thank you for standing with us during this critical fight.

    Sincerely,

    Gene Karpinski
    President
    League of Conservation Voters

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  6. LCV

    GOAL: 4,469 MORE SIGNATURES TO PROTECT THE ARCTIC REFUGE!

    Lola, is this right? We’ve received 10,531 signatures so far on our petition to push financial institutions like Bank of America to stop funding drilling in the Arctic Refuge, but we don’t see your name yet. We need 4,469 more signatures to reach our goal of 15,000 signatures today. Will you sign now to protect the Arctic Refuge that is sacred to the Gwich’in people?

    SIGN NOW

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    This is BIG news, Lola — JPMorgan Chase — the LARGEST bank in the country — just announced that it will STOP funding drilling in the Arctic Refuge!

    This happened partly because LCV supporters spoke out. We can’t stop here — we need to ramp the pressure up on Bank of America to do the same.

    This fight is a big one. Protecting the Arctic Refuge and Gwich’in people’s way of life is a matter of basic human rights. The Gwich’in people call the Refuge the “Sacred Place Where Life Begins” because their culture, traditions, and community are deeply tied to the Coastal Plain within the Refuge.

    The Trump administration can’t open the Arctic Refuge to drilling without major investments from banks. We’re making an urgent push to force all the major banks to pull their funding.

    It’s working. This drilling is already seen as a risky investment. Now that JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs have cut off funding for Big Polluters, we have the momentum to shut down this project for good — but only if big banks hear from thousands more environmental advocates like you right now.

    Add your name now! Sign the petition and help us reach our goal of 15,000 signatures by tomorrow. 4,469 more signatures needed »

    ANY drilling in the Arctic Refuge would cause immense damage to this national treasure and release even more carbon pollution. A critical ecosystem that supports the Porcupine caribou herd, wolves, imperiled polar bears, and nearly 200 species of birds, the Arctic Refuge is already changing due to the impacts of climate change.

    Without this ecosystem and the species they depend on, the Gwich’in people’s way of life would be irreversibly threatened. We should be doing more to accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy to protect the Arctic Refuge for generations to come, NOT continuing the Trump administration’s “drill baby drill” agenda that puts Indigenous communities and our climate at risk.

    We need to tell financial institutions like Bank of America that it’s unacceptable to fund drilling in the Arctic Refuge, with our money, and that we won’t stand by while they blatantly disregard Indigenous rights and destroy our environment.

    We’ve already had 10,531 LCV supporters tell Bank of America and other financial institutions to stop funding this destructive drilling — but we need to reach our 15,000 goal tomorrow, and we don’t see your name yet, Lola.

    Sign the petition now: Tell Bank of America and other banks to STOP bankrolling the permanent destruction of the Arctic Refuge »

    This week showed us that when we speak out together, we CAN push banks like JPMorgan Chase to stop funding this destructive drilling. That’s why it’s so important that LCV supporters like you speak out now and show Bank of America that you’re paying attention and you will not stand by as they invest in projects that will destroy one of our most iconic wildlife refuges.

    We can’t do this without you, Lola — I hope you’ll act and help us reach our goal today…

    Act now and protect the Arctic Refuge for generations to come! Sign the petition for the Arctic and all the life that depends on it before it’s too late. GOAL: 4,469 MORE SIGNATURES NEEDED »

    Now more than ever, we need you to join us in the fight for the Arctic Refuge.

    Thank you for all that you do.

    Brooke Still
    Director of Digital Strategy
    League of Conservation Voters

    740 15th St NW, 7th Floor
    Washington, DC 20005
    202-785-8683

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