Tell Congress to Stop Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

The Interior Department limited its environmental review of oil industry plans for drilling in Arctic waters to veil plans for building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and establishing year-round tanker traffic, according to documents released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The exclusion of these plans from agency environmental reviews allowed proponents to downplay potential effects on a host of marine species, including the polar bear, endangered bowhead whale, gray whale, Pacific walrus, seals, threatened eider, and other marine birds and fish.

Despite these glaring issues, the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) went ahead with the Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 on February 6, 2008. While conservation groups and local communities have launched legal challenges, the only way to be sure that no drilling takes place is for Congress to act NOW. 

Let your Representative know that you want drilling for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas stopped until an evaluation of the threat to wildlife is conducted with scientific integrity.


October 01, 2014

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