Polar Bear Seas

America’s Arctic

This was in the most recent NRDC Biogems…please find this and act on this.
Matt
Keep oil rigs out of the polar bear’s home

Last month, we scored a major victory when Shell postponed its plans to drill off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this summer. Shell’s decision offers a brief reprieve for polar bears, whales, seals, caribou and millions of migratory birds — all of which depend on healthy Arctic ecosystems including the Arctic Refuge, Western Arctic Reserve and Polar Bear Seas for survival. With no proven method for cleaning up oil in ice-filled waters and little scientific understanding of the Arctic environment, an uncontained oil spill in the region would be catastrophic for wildlife. Shell may have given up for now, but the company has already announced it will be back next year — along with other oil giants — in the race to exploit these fragile Arctic habitats. We need your help to make sure that doesn’t happen. The Obama Administration is currently considering a five-year plan that would allow oil and gas leasing in America’s Arctic, most notably the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, also known as the Polar Bear Seas. Send a message telling administration officials to develop a plan that prohibits oil and gas drilling.

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