A major oil spill in the Arctic Ocean could be catastrophic for Arctic life, such as polar bears, walruses, and whales. Yet federal officials are planning lease sales that would turn over portions of the Arctic Ocean to oil companies.
No one is ready to operate safely in such a harsh, remote, and fragile environment. There is still no way to recover significant amounts of oil spilled in icy waters. And a late-summer well blowout could pump oil under Arctic ice for months, leading to an unprecedented environmental disaster. On top of all this, oil production in the Arctic Ocean would increase climate change.
Now is the time to stop it—before it starts. Stand with The Wilderness Society and tell the Interior Department to halt Arctic lease sales.
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To: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
I urge you to reassess the Department of the Interior's position on offshore drilling in the Arctic.
The Arctic Ocean is a fragile and irreplaceable environment at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.
In keeping with the Obama administration's promise to fight climate change and the recent Ninth Circuit ruling that invalidated the 2008 Arctic Ocean lease sale—because the federal government failed to properly assess the environmental risk of drilling in the Chukchi Sea—I urge you to stop the lease sales.
The long-term climate effects of producing and burning Arctic Ocean oil as well as the more immediate threat to the ocean, its marine life, and the people who live on its coast are simply too high.
Please bring a halt to lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas so that America can lead the world by protecting this special place and directing its attention to the development of sustainable energy sources.
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