Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Re-posting: WWF

Protect Alaskan Arctic from Oil Spill

One Year Anniversary of Gulf Oil Spill: A Time to Act for the ArcticIn the United States, the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe inspired action at the federal level. In January, the President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling issued recommendations to address the “serious concerns” related to drilling in the Arctic.

You can take action by encouraging the Obama Administration to fully implement the recommendations of the commission.

Sign the petition below to let the Administration know that you care about protecting wildlife in the entire Arctic region, especially the Alaskan Arctic, which is one of the most threatened parts of the region. The polar bears, walrus and other wildlife that live there are important to people worldwide.

Smart decisions about offshore oil and gas drilling are desperately needed in Alaska, in particular. It is home to 20 percent of the world's polar bears, as well as to endangered whales, walruses, seals, seabirds, migratory birds and other species. These species are already threatened by climate change. One more threat could prove disastrous.

Also, if a spill were to occur in the Arctic, the impacts would be more severe than if such a spill were to occur anywhere else in the United States. The frigid temperatures and remoteness of the Arctic would make it challenging and perhaps impossible to stop or clean up an oil spill. I am greatly concerned about any decision to proceed with offshore leases in the Arctic without proven methods in place to contain and clean up oil spills in the extreme Arctic conditions.
To sign the petition please CLICK HERE

To read more about what the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill was please CLICK HERE

For images and more information about Offshore Oil please CLICK HERE

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