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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.

Dark Star Orchestra, has vowed the 'Music Never Stop'

Rob Eaton - 12.30.04 - Denver, CO- for the Grateful Web

Following a brief pause in the music following the sudden, tragic loss of band co-founder, keyboardist, and vocalist Scott Larned on April 24, Chicago-based Grateful Dead tribute act, Dark Star Orchestra, has vowed that the 'music never stop' and plan to continue as a nationally-touring entity.

 

Scott Larned passed on from complications from heart failure during the last week of the band's Spring tour and cancelled six of the remaining shows that tour. Dark Star Orchestra will resume touring with their May 27 Irving Plaza performance with 'special guests' filling the keyboardist/vocalist slot throughout the May and June tour. The band is currently auditioning for keyboardists as a full-time, touring replacement only. Qualified, serious, and interested applicants may email DSO band manager Norman Gopin for more information.

 

A recent message from DSO band mate Rob Eaton (rhythm guitar, vocals) accurately sums up the band's perspective and feelings:

 

The remaining band and crew have decided to continue and move forward playing the music of the Grateful Dead. Scott would have wanted it that way. He worked very hard to build the band to the place it is today and it would be an injustice to him and the music to pack it in. One great way to honor his memory is to play on. The music is bigger then any one of us and that's something Scott always professed.  

Will it be the same? It will be different but the music is the same and that's what will get us all through. Our next tour will be a difficult one for us emotionally and we hope our family and friends will be there to help us through. We will start our next tour with "very special guests" filling in on keys until we can find just the right person to join our family full time. Scott's passing has brought us together in a way we never imagined. Scott will always be with us at every show and at every turn.

Peace to everyone-

Rob Eaton

 

The Larned family has asked that anyone interested in offering donations or contribution s d irect them to be made in Scott's name to the American Heart Association or to Scott's favorite charity, the Rex Foundation. Information about Scott's life and further ways to support him in memory are at www.darkstarorchestra.net.

 

Upcoming Dark Star Orchestra tour dates:

 

05/27/05 FRI Irving Plaza New York , NY

05/28/05 SAT Irving Plaza New York , NY

05/29/05 SUN Toad's Place New Haven, CT

05/30/05 MON Toad's Place New Haven, CT

06/01/05 WED Lupo's Providence, RI

06/02/05 THU The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY

06/03/05 FRI Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ

06/04/05 SAT Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA

06/06/05 MON Mexicali Blues Cafe Teaneck, NJ

06/07/05 TUE Mexicali Blues Cafe Teaneck, NJ

06/08/05 WED Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY

06/10/05 FRI Somerville Theatre Somerville, MA

06/11/05 SAT Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH

06/13/05 MON Higher Ground Burlington, VT

06/14/05 TUE Higher Ground Burlington, VT

06/16/05 THU The Tralf Buffalo, NY

06/17/05 FRI Forward Hall Erie, PA

06/18/05 SAT RippleFest Bluffton, OH

07/15/05 FRI Fraze Pavilion Kettering, OH

07/17/05 SUN All Good Festival Masontown, WV

07/21/05 THU 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN

08/17/05 WED Veteran's Park Amphitheatre Springfield, OH