Protect Arctic Polar Bears, Walruses, and Seals from Offshore Drilling

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Originally Posted: 22 Nov 2010

Protect Arctic Polar Bears, Walruses, and Seals from Offshore Drilling

FROM  Oceana: Protecting the World's Oceans

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The US government needs to hear from you by November 30: a lack of scientific information, combined with treacherous, Arctic conditions, spells disaster in the event of an oil spill.

Let’s learn from the mistakes that were made in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid a similar tragedy from occurring in the fragile waters of America's Arctic Ocean.

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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Frozen seas. Subzero temperatures. Massive waves. Over 1,000 miles away from the closest Coast Guard response center.

Bowhead whales, polar bears, seals, walruses, and other hardy Arctic marine animals make their home in the remote Chukchi Sea. But these same conditions are also a recipe for disaster in the inevitable event of an Arctic offshore drilling accident.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is saying the US government has spent enough money on scientific research in the Chukchi Sea. But there are still large scientific gaps on how offshore oil and gas development will impact the environment and the animals and indigenous communities that rely on a healthy Arctic Ocean.

Protect the harsh but fragile Arctic home of whales and polar bears. Tell the US government - no offshore drilling in the Chukchi Sea »

The US government has acknowledged that an oil spill is likely to happen in the Chukchi Sea. And as we know all too well, there’s no proven method for reliably cleaning up oil.

As the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico taught us, not having adequate scientific knowledge of the ecosystem or a working oil spill response plan can have tragic and irreversible consequences for the marine environment and coastal communities.

We need to make sure the US government is committed to making offshore drilling management decisions based on adequate science, not politics or profits.

Speak up by November 30 - a lack of scientific information, combined with treacherous conditions, spells disaster in the event of an Arctic oil spill.

Let’s learn from the mistakes that were made in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid a similar tragedy from occurring in the fragile waters of America's Arctic Ocean.


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