BP-ing the Arctic

Shell Oil is one of National Geographic’s new corporate “partners” — a relationship we criticized in a recent post. Given the following item from Grist, we’re even more concerned about our Society’s vulnerability. NGS is no doubt getting big bucks from Shell to help greenwash the oil company’s brand, but it comes with a very real risk to our own.

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“… If you’ve been following the increasing ecological devastation unfolding before our collective eyes in the Gulf of Mexico since BP’s rented Deepwater Horizon exploratory drilling rig went up in flames (and then under the waves), then you should know about — and protest — Shell Oil’s plan to begin exploratory oil drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas this summer. …

On May 14, I called Robert Thompson, the current board chair of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL). “I’m very stressed right now,” he told me. “We’ve been watching the development of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf on television. We’re praying for the animals and people there. We don’t want Shell to be drilling in our Arctic waters this summer.” …

Any thoughts,  John Fahey?

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