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Stop Arctic Drilling From Harming Polar Bears

The Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska is home to one of America's two populations of threatened polar bears and the only population of Pacific walrus. These great species of the Chukchi are losing their sea-ice habitat at an alarming rate, but that's not the only thing they have to worry about: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar wants to let Big Oil drill in their home.

This summer, thanks to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and our allies, a federal court directed Secretary Salazar to redo the analysis of the environmental impacts of a massive Bush-era oil and gas lease sale in the Chukchi Sea.

But now, just two months later, Salazar has issued a draft document that leaves unanswered hundreds of questions about the impacts of drilling in the Arctic Ocean -- and the potential threat of a spill in those waters.

Don't let Secretary Salazar oil the Arctic. Please act now to tell Salazar that vulnerable Arctic species deserve better than his rushed and incomplete environmental analysis.

Click here to find out more and to take action.

Help protect Arctic wildlife

The Western Arctic Reserve may be less well-known than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but its wildlife populations are every bit as unique, spectacular and endangered.

Please take a minute to ask the Obama Administration to grant the strongest possible protection to the Western Arctic Reserve.

Nearly a century ago, the Western Arctic Reserve was set aside as a “National Petroleum Reserve”, but it remains one of our continent’s last, largely untouched tracts of wilderness and wildlife habitat.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing a new area-wide plan for the Reserve, providing an ideal opportunity to safeguard its greatest natural treasures -- so-called “Special Areas” -- from destructive oil and gas development.

These Special Areas -- some established at the direction of Congress in the late 1970’s and others proposed by conservationists -- include the Colville River, Teshekpuk Lake, Utukok Uplands, Kasegaluk Lagoon, Dease Inlet, Peard Bay, Ikpikpuk River and the DeLong Mountains and Foothills Special Areas.

The vast network of coastal lagoons, deep lakes, sedge grass meadows and streams that make up the prized Teshekpuk Lake region provide the critical calving grounds for one of the largest caribou herds in Alaska, as well as summer habitat for polar bears. A staggering variety of birds also take refuge in these wetlands, some migrating from as far south as Antarctica.

Along the northwestern coast of the Western Arctic Reserve, up to 3,500 beluga whales gather in the Kasegaluk Lagoon every year to feed and bear their young.

The vast wilderness of the Reserve supports more than just Arctic wildlife. Inupiat Eskimos have subsisted here for thousands of years by following the caribou herds.

Many of these areas have not yet been disturbed, and this may be our last best chance to preserve them for the future. Please tell the BLM that it’s time to grant the Western Arctic Reserve the protection it deserves.

Thank you for taking action to protect our last Arctic wildlands and wildlife.

Help Protect Arctic Breeding Ground

Teshekpuk Lake- for the Grateful Web

The Bush administration is renewing its attempt to sacrifice the fragile Teshekpuk Lake region of Alaska's Western Arctic Reserve to oil and gas drilling.

 

NRDC needs your immediate help to block this assault, which would allow drilling in one of the most sensitive and important Arctic wildlife habitats as early as next summer.

 

Go to http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_westernarctic_0711 right away and tell the Bush administration to safeguard the entire Teshekpuk Lake region - an area protected by four previous administrations due to its extraordinary importance to wildlife.

 

Eight-seven percent of the northeastern portion of the Western Arctic Reserve has already been handed over to the oil industry.

 

Nevertheless, the Bush administration announced a plan two years ago to lease every last acre of the fragile Teshekpuk Lake area - defying more than 200,000 citizen comments, warnings from biologists and wildlife managers and objections from Alaska Natives on the North Slope.

 

In response, NRDC and our partners went to court and won a temporary injunction that halted the lease sale just days before it was due to take place. In the wake of that legal setback, the Bush administration conducted an additional review of the environmental impacts of oil and gas development, but has now resumed its push for leasing.

 

Thanks to our courtroom victory, the Bush administration must seek public comment before moving forward with its latest proposal to sacrifice the calving grounds of the 45,000-animal Teshekpuk Lake caribou herd. This region also provides a refuge for tens of thousands of molting geese and threatened birds like the spectacled eider and yellow-billed loon.

 

Please go to http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_westernarctic_0711 and speak out in defense of this priceless wildlife sanctuary.

 

Thank you for helping to protect America's Arctic from reckless industrialization.

Stop Shell's Arctic Drilling This Month - Before It Starts

Save the Artic Wildlife Refuge!- for the Grateful Web

The Bush Administration is opening the back door to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by allowing Shell to start drilling off its spectacular coastline this month.

 

NRDC needs your immediate help to go to court, slam that door shut and throw away the key. Because if we don't, we'll be leaving the Arctic Refuge and its wildlife vulnerable to a disaster that could be more devastating than the Exxon Valdez.

 

Please make a donation to stop Shell by going here.

 

It would take just one oil spill on the icebound Beaufort Sea that borders the Arctic Refuge to create a long-term toxic waste site. That's because the oil industry has no proven method for cleaning up oil in icy water!

 

Shell is planning to start its exploratory drilling within weeks. We need your immediate support to wage and win this federal case in defense of the Arctic Refuge and the wildlife that depend on it for survival.

 

You can help to stop Shell by clicking here.

 

A worst-case spill in the Beaufort Sea sends shivers down the spine of anyone who knows the appalling record of toxic spills by Big Oil in the Arctic.

 

And make no mistake: an oil spill off the coast of the Arctic Refuge is all but assured. The Bush Administration's own experts have predicted that drilling in the Beaufort will lead to at least one oil spill.

 

That spill would likely spread into the migratory routes of the endangered bowhead whale...blanket the shores of the Arctic Refuge where polar bears give birth...and impact hundreds of thousands of migratory birds.

 

The death toll of oil-soaked and poisoned whales, seals, polar bears and shore birds would be unimaginable.

 

There's still time to stop this disaster in the making, but NRDC is going to need your most generous support right away.

 

With your financial help, we can win this case - because the Administration's approval of Shell's drilling is a brazen violation of our country's environmental laws.

 

Please stand with NDRC right now in defense of the Arctic Refuge.