Shell finally got its chance to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska this fall. It didn’t go so well.
A series of equipment, permit and weather related mishaps along with general incompetence prevented the company from drilling as planned. The failure was six years and $4.5 billion in the making and only confirmed what experts have been saying all along — that drilling for oil in the Arctic will never be safe.
But Shell isn’t stopping. The company intends to try again in 2013 and the decision about whether or not it gets that opportunity is being made right now. This is our chance to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic next year and beyond.Tell President Obama to call for a ‘timeout’ from Arctic drilling and suspend Shell’s permits.