Posts tagged “environmental activism”

  • Environmental groups challenge Shell’s oil spill response plans in Arctic

    July 10, 2012

    “In an effort to hold oil companies to a higher standard in the Arctic Ocean, a coalition of conservation groups announced Monday that  they are suing to challenge the federal government’s approval of oil spill cleanup plans for Shell Alaska’s upcoming operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.” Shell has already filed preemptive legal strikes against environmental groups and is on track to begin exploratory drilling in August. They have already spent $4 billion on the project and had their drilling permits fast-tracked by the federal government with Obama’s personal involvement.

    While the environmental groups are not expecting to halt the drilling set to begin next month, they hope to establish a higher standard of review in upcoming offshore operations.

    Read the entire article at the Los Angeles Times and see Arctic Voices, edited by Subhankar Banerjee, featuring essays by prominent activists, authors, and researchers on the many issues facing the land and people of the Arctic.

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  • Greenpeace activists get creative protesting Shell’s Arctic drilling

    July 6, 2012

    Last month Greenpeace activists staged a party in Seattle supposedly hosted by Royal Dutch Shell to celebrate the upcoming debut of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

    In an article in the LA Times, environmental activists explain that they are being forced to find more creative ways to protest partly because “Shell has launched an unusual preemptive legal strike that has foreclosed many traditional protest options against an exploration program that could open an entirely new energy frontier in the U.S. Arctic.”

    Read the entire article here.

    For further proof of why this beautiful and remote region needs protection, check out Subhankar Banerjee’s Arctic Voices, which features essays and photographs by prominent activists, researchers, novelists and artists.

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