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