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‘Irresponsible & Reckless’: Environmentalists Decry Obama’s Approval for Shell Drilling in Arctic | Democracy Now!

The Obama administration has tentatively approved Shell’s plans to begin oil extraction off the Alaskan coast this summer. Federal scientists estimate the Arctic region contains up to 15 billion barrels of oil, and Shell has long fought to drill in the icy waters of the Chukchi Sea. Environmentalists warn Arctic drilling will pose a risk to local wildlife and exacerbate climate change. They fear that a drilling accident in the icy Arctic Ocean waters could prove far more devastating than the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill since any rescue operations could be delayed for months by harsh weather conditions. We speak to Subhankar Banerjee. He is a renowned photographer, writer and activist who has spent the past 15 years working for the conservation of the Arctic and raising awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change. He is editor of the anthology, “Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point.”

Source: “Irresponsible & Reckless”: Environmentalists Decry Obama’s Approval for Shell Drilling in Arctic | Democracy Now!

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The Port of Seattle has voted to seek the blockade of rigs used by the oil giant Shell for its planned drilling in the Arctic this summer. Shell has signed a lease to station its rigs in the Puget Sound while it drills for oil in the pristine and highly remote Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. On Tuesday, the Port of Seattle’s board called for a legal review of Shell’s plans and a temporary postponement of its docking. The move came after a wave of activism challenging Shell’s effort. In a move denounced by environmentalists, the Obama administration granted Shell conditional approval this week to begin its offshore oil drilling in the Arctic.

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