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WWF: Reopening Beaufort Sea to Offshore Drilling a Huge Risk

In response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s call for information and nominations covering a proposed lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Margaret Williams, managing director of US Arctic programs:

“Any step to open America’s Arctic Ocean to dangerous offshore drilling not only threatens the region’s marine wildlife and coastal communities, it also risks the ecological future of the Arctic itself.

“At a time when the world is embracing clean, renewable energy like never before, the last thing we need to do is intensify exploration for fossil fuels – especially in the unforgiving waters of the Arctic Ocean.”  

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