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SHELL ABANDONS ARCTIC LEASES FOR “FORSEABLE FUTURE.”

Posted by Northern Center at Sep 29, 2015 03:25 PM |

Jessica Girard, the program director at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center states, “I cannot help but suspect that more was at play in Shell's decision to leave than the results from one well. People from across the globe rallied against drilling in the hostile and unpredictable Chukchi Sea and their voices have been acknowledged. This fight was far beyond environmentalist against developers. It was a fight between the status quo and a pivotal moment for change. We can now focus on an energy transition where oil giants have the opportunity to be renewable energy developers.”

September 28, 2015

 

Fairbanks, AK—Late last night Royal Dutch Shell announced, “Shell has found indications of oil and gas in the Burger J well, but these are not sufficient to warrant further exploration in the Burger prospect.” The announcement of Shell abandoning their Chukchi Sea exploration comes after the oil giant had spent over $7 billion dollars on Arctic Ocean drilling amongst severe political and people opposition. While the media calls this an environmentalist win, it is important to note that this is a big win—and not just for environmentalists.

 

Jessica Girard, the program director at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center states, “I cannot help but suspect that more was at play in Shell's decision to leave than the results from one well. People from across the globe rallied against drilling in the hostile and unpredictable Chukchi Sea and their voices have been acknowledged. This fight was far beyond environmentalist against developers. It was a fight between the status quo and a pivotal moment for change. We can now focus on an energy transition where oil giants have the opportunity to be renewable energy developers.”

 

With Shell rapidly exiting the Arctic it seems an ideal time for President Obama to secure his climate legacy and cease all lease sales in the Arctic Ocean.

 

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