18 May 2012 1.1 Million Americans Say No to Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling Posted by: William Lutz | 1 comment | Share: Over 1 million signed petitions Scores of anti-drilling activists gathered on Tuesday outside the White House to deliver pleas from 1.1 million Americans urging President Obama to revoke his decision to offer millions of acres of the ocean for sale to oil companies. Alaska’s Chukchi sea is teeming with an incredible array of wildlife and is home to imperiled creatures such as polar bears, bowhead whales and spectacled eiders. Despite the importance and fragility of this region, the Obama administration agreed to let the Shell Oil Company drill there this summer. If a spill occurs in these waters, it could be far more difficult and costly to clean up than even the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Defenders’ staffers Lauren and Kaitlyn participated in the White House event organized by Alaska Wilderness League in cooperation with several other conservation groups including Sierra Club, 350.org, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Credo Action. Defenders staffers Lauren and Kaitlyn “I was thrilled to be a part of yesterday’s demonstration,” said Lauren. “While T-shirts, costumes and banners are designed to get attention, the real force behind the event was the more than one million voices our rally group represented. The Arctic may be very far away, but we all need to remember that our actions have profound effects on the region and we are ultimately responsible for those actions.” One Response to “1.1 Million Americans Say No to Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling” Dr. Peter Reinke June 17th, 2012 For outstanding efforts to help safeguard the Arctic, Barney will award you with a “Rescue the Arctic” pin (http://marty-creations.save-the-arctic.com/?p=444). We wish you all the best! Best regards Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Recap of Pinetop Hearing; Celebrating Sucesses: 700,000 comments from wolf supports in to USFWS regarding wolf delisting proposal; this week USDA annouces they plan to audit Wildlife Services Predator Program. Also- another call to action for our supporters: Tell your Congressman to sign Grijalva and Fitzpatrick’s letter endorsing continued protection of gray wolves! Audit of Wildlife Services to be Conducted in 2014 United States Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General has confirmed that they will be undertaking an audit of Wildlife Services’ Predator Control program in 2014. A rare sighting at Skilak In a remote part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, our Alaska representative catches a rare glimpse of a majestic but elusive animal.