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Dept. of Interior Gives Conditional Green Light to Shell Arctic Drilling Despite Risks

In response to today’s Department of Interior decision giving conditional approval to Royal Dutch Shell to proceed with exploratory drilling this summer in America’s Arctic, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Margaret Williams, managing director of US Arctic programs:

“Today’s decision to move closer to allowing fossil fuel extraction from the Chukchi Sea -- home to majestic wildlife and a place where extreme weather, gale-force winds, and rough seas make operations and response to spills extremely difficult -- is a backward move at this time.

"Without proven technologies to clean up potential spills, offshore drilling is too great a risk to America’s Arctic. We have so many better energy choices, including promising technologies that provide clean ways to power our lives without harming the planet.”

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