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WWF: Approval of Shell Drilling Permit Elevates Risk to Arctic Wildlife and Communities

In response to today’s Department of Interior approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling permit, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Margaret Williams, managing director of U.S. Arctic programs:

“Today’s approval brings a new level of risk to America’s Arctic. It also brings unacceptable noise, traffic and pollution to the pristine home of polar bears, walrus, whales, and seabirds. With no proven technology to thoroughly contain and clean up a spill in the remote Arctic, the region’s wildlife and local communities are jeopardized by the ever-expanding search for petroleum in some of our nation’s most pristine and productive waters.”

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