Shell wants to drill in the pristine Arctic waters off Alaska this summer, but it turns out the oil giant can't even keep its equipment safe in waters further south. The latest in a long list of fiascos occurred off the coast of Alaska when the company lost control of one of its oil rigs in a winter storm.
The rig was being pulled from the Arctic by Shell when it hit heavy weather that caused the towing line to break.
After repeated rescue attempts the situation became too dangerous and the company was forced to let the rig drift free. It then ran aground near Kodiak Island. Only now, six days after the grounding, has the rig been refloated - noone knows yet how bad the damage is.
None of this seems to have made Shell stop and think. The company still intends to try to find Arctic oil again in 2013 and the decision about whether or not it gets that opportunity is being made right now. This is our chance to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic next year and beyond.
Take action today and join our campaign to protect the Arctic. Tell President Obama to call for a 'timeout' from Arctic drilling and suspend Shell's permits.
February 3, 2013 Action Alert ID# 32
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