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Sierra Club Responds To Shell’s Abandonment Of Arctic Drilling

WASHINGTON - Late Sunday evening, Shell Oil announced that it was ending its oil exploration program in the Arctic Ocean, and would cease further exploratory activity off Alaska’s coast for the foreseeable future.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

“Shell’s abandonment of drilling and cancellation of all exploratory activity in the Arctic is joyous news for our climate, communities along the Arctic Ocean, and the hundreds of thousands of people who have joined in public protests saying ‘Shell No’ to Arctic drilling.

“We hope this announcement leads President Obama to cancel the proposed 2016-2017 lease sales, remove the prospect of Arctic drilling from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf five year leasing plan, and permanently protect the Arctic from the dangers of oil and gas drilling.

“Thankfully, our climate is now spared from the significant disruption drilling in the Arctic would cause, and the communities along the Arctic Ocean can breathe a sigh of relief that they no longer have to fear a “major oil spill” from Shell.

“While we are thrilled by Shell’s announcement, this recipe for disaster should have never been cooked up in the first place. Rather than allow $7 billion to be spent on reckless plans to dig up the Arctic, we must leave oil and gas where they belong -- in the ground, while investing in clean and renewable forms of energy.”


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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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