03 February 2011 Breaking: Arctic’s Beaufort Sea Safe for One More Year Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 3 comments | Share: Alaska's Beaufort Sea, courtesy of NOAA According to news reports, Peter Voser, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, is reported today to have announced that the oil giant has abandoned plans for exploratory drilling in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea in 2011. But Arctic waters aren’t safe for good: despite the lack of infrastructure and cleanup technology that make oil spill response in the Arctic unfeasible, Shell intends to resume drilling plans for the Beaufort Sea in 2012. Defenders’ Richard Charter said, “High risk offshore drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean cannot be considered a responsible course until we learn to clean up the inevitable oil spills in the region’s prevailing darkness, severe storms and broken sea ice, and until we have a Coast Guard presence closer than a thousand miles away. “In the lingering aftermath of the BP Gulf spill catastrophe, and a similar shallow-water rig blowout in Australia, we simply cannot afford to invite an even worse disaster in the Arctic Ocean.” “In the lingering aftermath of the BP Gulf spill catastrophe, and a similar shallow-water rig blowout in Australia, we simply cannot afford to invite an even worse disaster in the Arctic Ocean.” Learn more: Read Defenders’ full statement here. See how Arctic drilling threatens pristine Arctic ecosystems. 3 Responses to “Breaking: Arctic’s Beaufort Sea Safe for One More Year” Millie Sheen November 18th, 2012 Why do humans always have to be destroying something? Why can we not just leave the sea alone at least until we know how to deal with the consequences of our actions. Keep on fighting defenders the work you do is amazing saving the seas, animals, birds and plants of the future. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.