In response to today’s decision by Royal Dutch Shell to forgo its 2014 drilling season in America’s Arctic Ocean, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Margaret Williams, managing director of Arctic programs for WWF-US:
“Arctic offshore drilling is fraught with dangers that defy rational economic development. Shell’s decision to abandon efforts to drill in this remote and extreme environment in 2014 means that Alaska communities and wildlife will be able to go at least another year without the added threat of spills from exploratory drilling.
“Shell’s experiences during the 2012 drilling season proved time and time again the inherent difficulties in working in challenging Arctic conditions and even remotely meeting the safety standards required by the federal government.
“Today’s decision should reignite the discussion about the future of drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean. Just two days ago, President Obama called for our nation to move toward a clean, renewable energy future. We need to question how expanding the search for fossil fuels in the pristine Arctic impacts that vision.”
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