Incredible news September 28, 2015: Shell has announced it will STOP DRILLING FOR OIL IN THE ARCTIC! They failed to find what they spent three years and vast amounts of money looking for, so they have abandoned all drilling for “the foreseeable future”!
It is a landmark victory in the story of the Arctic, which has only been made possible by the global movement. Over 7 MILLION people around the world rose up to send a clear and unmistakable message to Shell – that we would not stand by while they jeopardized the future of the Arctic and our planet.
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The Transocean Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling unit leased by Shell, was used to explore Arctic deposits. Photograph: Daniella Beccaria/AP
Shell has made some claims to justify their decision to pull out of the Arctic, but it is believed that together environmentalists took a stand that Shell just could not ignore. It is a defining day for the Arctic. Shell’s announcement today is a testament to what people can achieve when they assert their power.
The Arctic is safer for now. But there’s more to do to keep our planet’s future bright. Right now, we’re campaigning to clean up atmospheric air.
Shockingly, 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in Asia. This increasingly toxic air poses one of the biggest threats to public health the world. 40 % of kids and young people in large cities have some lungs problem. It is our responsibility to create a SAFE environment with CLEAN AIR for our children and the future. We need to act together – NOW before it’s too late.
Here underneath are more details about Alaska Oil exploration by Shell:-
A plenty of “kayaktivists” in Seattle took to the sea in May and June to stop Shell’s exploratory drill gear from starting the task. Antipollutionists, nonetheless, had attempted frequently to obstruct the plan.
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The Transocean Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling unit leased by Shell, was used to explore Arctic deposits. Photograph: Daniella Beccaria/AP“
Arctic Bears, Alaska’s Arctic, and our weather just caught an immense break,” Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program administrator for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in an announcement. “Here’s wishing Shell forgets the Arctic forever.”
Critics of Shell’s attempt clarified that oil drilling would worsen environment change, jeopardize a delicate ecosystem and that cleanup of any possible spill would be complicated or difficult in the Arctic’s changeable climate situations.
Shell has contributed more than of $7 billion on Arctic oceanic study. It had consolidated $2.1 billion in 2008 for leases in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwestern coast. There an exploratory well got drilled, about 80 miles off coast drilled to 6,800 feet but produced unsatisfactory results. They had a 28-vessels flotilla to assist, drillers found traces of oil and gas but not in adequate volumes to guarantee more exploration at the site.
“Shell maintains that a significant investigation potential lies in the basin. The area is likely to be ultimately of decisive consequence to Alaska and the U.S.,” Marvin Odum, president of Shell USA, said in The Hague, Netherlands. “However, this is an unquestionably inadequate research outcome for this part of the basin.”
Monday was Shell’s final day to drill this year in the petroleum-bearing rock under its national permission. Maritime authorities expected Shell to stop a month before sea ice is supposed to re-form in the contract area.
The U.S. Geological Survey predicts U.S. Arctic waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas hold 26 billion barrels or more of recoverable oil in total. Shell officials had called the Chukchi Basin “a possible game-changer,” an enormous untapped storage that could add to America’s power supply for 50 years.
Shell had intended minimum another year of exploration for six wells to dig. A development to production could have taken a decade or longer. Odum described drilling off Alaska’s coast the most studied and scrutinized oil and gas scheme in the world and said he was convinced Shell could drill safely.
Shell has not drilled in the Arctic since its mishap-filled 2012 season, in which its Kulluk drill rig ran aground.
Margaret Williams of the World Wildlife Fund in Anchorage called the news stunning.
“That’s incredible. That’s huge,” she said. “All along the conservation community has been pointing to the challenging and unpredictable environmental conditions. We always thought the risk was tremendously high.” Via