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Greenpeace responds to the start of Shell’s delayed Arctic drilling

HOUSTON -- According to media reports, Shell’s $4.5 billion Arctic drilling program began early this morning after a summer of near-disasters and costly delays.  For the past three months, the company has slowly made its way toward one of the most fragile ecosystems on the planet. Now after numerous false starts and repeated requests to the Obama administration for help, Shell began implementing its severely revised expectations in the Chukchi Sea this morning.

In response Greenpeace Deputy Campaigns Director Dan Howells said:

“Whatever Shell is able to do in the narrow window between now and when the sea ice returns, it won’t erase the clear evidence we’ve seen in the past two months that there’s no such thing as safe drilling in the Arctic. 

“Shell has ignored the world’s best scientists, as well as millions of people around the world, who have all said repeatedly that the melting Arctic is a dire warning, not an invitation to make a quick buck.  The company’s Arctic drilling program this summer has not only been an epic PR failure, but a dangerous logistical failure as well.  They’ve only proven one thing this summer, that oil companies are simply not equipped to deal with the unique challenges of operating in the Arctic.

“Shell is in the vanguard of a new Arctic oil rush, but a global movement is growing to stop this from happening. This is one of the defining environmental battles of our age, and these companies are lining up on the wrong side of history.” 



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