SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
Shocked, we are, stunned beyond belief. No way we could have seen this coming.
On Monday, just one day after Shell began drilling in the Arctic Ocean, the oil company was forced to stop drilling, pull up anchors and move the drilling equipment because sea ice was threatening the safety of the operation.
The good news is that there was no accident, no spill, just a massive logistical and financial hassle for Shell, which has invested billions in its plan to drill for oil in the Arctic.
However, the incident underscores what Environmental Action has been saying for months -- that drilling in the Arctic is risky because of sea ice, high waves, cold temperatures and storms. Worse, in the event of a disaster, the remoteness of the drilling platforms, combined with the above-mentioned risks makes the ability to deal with a spill a major problem.
This isn't the first problem Shell has encountered in its journey to the Arctic. And unfortunately it probably will not be the last. But rather than hope for the best, Environmental Action believes Shell (and other oil companies) should be prohibited from drilling in the Arctic -- permanently -- which is why we are asking you to sign our petition asking the president to ban Arctic drilling.