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Congress: Don’t nullify the safety and prevention rules for exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean!

Shell Kulluk offshore oil drilling rigLast year, the U.S. Department of the Interior took necessary steps to improve safety and spill prevention for exploration drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The rule requires basic safeguards to account for the challenges inherent in operating in the Arctic Ocean: unpredictable sea ice, weather and darkness, remoteness, and limited infrastructure.

The Arctic safety and spill prevention rules seek to reduce the risk of a spill similar to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico or a repeat of events from Shell’s 2012 and 2015 drilling efforts.

Alaska Representative Don Young has introduced a resolution seeking to nullify these important safeguards and weaken protections for the Arctic Ocean, coastal communities and marine wildlife.

Take action today! Let Congress know that you don’t want the Arctic safety rules revoked.