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Earthjustice is in court challenging the unlawful oil leases in the Chukchi Sea, rushed approval of Shell’s multi-year drilling plan, and inadequate protections for walruses in harm’s way from drilling.

And we need YOU to help make this an issue that can’t be ignored—tell the Obama administration that Shell's plan is a dead end for our climate and wildlife and to say no to risky oil drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean for good.

The Arctic Ocean is one of the worst places to drill for oil. It risks a pristine region with irreplaceable wildlife like walruses, polar bears, and bowhead whales with the threat of an oil spill that could not be cleaned.

Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean is a very bad idea. Tell the Obama administration that it’s not too late to get it right and keep drilling out of the Arctic Ocean.

Mistakes like we saw from Shell Oil in 2012 and this year show Big Oil isn’t ready for drilling in the Arctic.

Drilling for Arctic Ocean oil takes us away from a clean energy future. The science is clear that we cannot develop extreme fuels like Arctic Ocean oil if we are to reach climate goals and avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Earthjustice is fighting reckless drilling in the Arctic Ocean on multiple fronts, as we have done for almost a decade.

But with an army of oil and gas lawyers and lobbyists working against us, we need you by our side to protect the Arctic for good.

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A Call To Suspend Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling

Dear President Obama,

Allowing oil drilling and development in the pristine and remote waters of America's Arctic Ocean is a risky and unnecessary venture. Government scientists agree that more data is needed to fully understand the impacts of oil drilling in this region, that an oil spill could not be effectively cleaned up in the icy and stormy Arctic, and that the lack of infrastructure in the Arctic is a significant liability in the event of a large oil spill. An oil spill in the Arctic Ocean would devastate endangered bowhead whales, walruses, polar bears, seals and other marine wildlife.

The science shows that Arctic oil development is incompatible with meeting climate goals. The rush to allow oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean moves us away from a clean energy future that doesn't rely on dirty fossil fuels. It undermines the administration's strong commitment to addressing climate change. It puts a sensitive ecosystem at unnecessary risk. It threatens endangered and threatened species in the region and the planet as a whole.

Please step back and reassess whether to open the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling. The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico devastated and continues to haunt that region. Don't risk the same fate, and worse, for the Arctic Ocean by opening the region to unsafe oil drilling.

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