September 21, 2012
Shell has Stopped its Arctic Drilling!
Shell announced on Tuesday that it was stopping its Arctic drilling program for 2012!
This is great news and a strong reminder of the power that people have when they come together around a single idea.
Shell was set to kickstart the Arctic oil rush. The company had already invested seven years and about five billion dollars to make it happen. But thanks to Mother Nature, Shell’s own incompetence and the millions of people who have taken action to save the Arctic, Shell's plans have been put on hold until next year.
This is our opportunity to make sure Shell doesn’t get a second chance next year and to save the Arctic once and for all.
Join the millions who have already taken action to save the Arctic and add your name to the petition calling for a global sanctuary in the high Arctic.
The importance of this moment can’t be overestimated. Other major oil companies are now questioning the logic of Arctic drilling. Only a few days ago, the Norwegian company Statoil said it was going to wait and see how Shell’s plan goes before moving forward with its own in the Arctic.
It should now be pretty clear to Shell that Arctic oil drilling is an expensive and risky mistake.
This is huge in the campaign to save the Arctic. But the fight isn’t over. There is still work to do if we want to permanently protect the Arctic from Big Oil and climate change.
Add your name to the petition today, and let’s create a global sanctuary in the high Arctic where polar bears and the other living creatures that call it home will be protected.
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.