Shell Oil has had its eyes on the Arctic for over five years now. Hundreds of meetings and billions of dollars later, this summer was supposed to be Shell’s year to finally drill in the Arctic Ocean.
Thankfully, a series of embarrassing safety setbacks have held Shell back. The announcement that the company would abandon plans to start drilling this year came just days ago, and people across the country and in Alaska are elated.
Here is the response from Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, a resident of Barrow, Alaska, the countrys northernmost village, on the top of the world on the Arctic coastline. Rosemary is an Inupiat mother and grandmother who has been fighting for the health and safety of her people for decades.
-- Fran Hunt, Director of the Resilient Habitats Campaign
Rosemary Ahtuangaruak's Story
Shell's drilling program means a lot more to my family and my village than to most people in the world. Shell's cancelled attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean's Chukchi and Beaufort Seas came on the eve of our fall whaling season with many successful hunts. The whaling season means more to my people than anything else, and as our whaling crews are still on the hunt we celebrate the great news that Shell will not drill for oil this summer.