09 Feb '12, 10pm

Opposition rising against U.S. Arctic drilling via @mongabay

Obama administration opens more of the Arctic to drilling (10/05/2011) Nearly 500 Arctic oil and gas leases from the Bush administration have been restarted this week by the Obama administration. Known as Chukchi Lease 193, the various leases had been held up in court after environmental groups and indigenous groups challenged them, citing a significant lack of baseline information about the Chukchi Sea ecosystem. The Obama administration now says that many of the ecosystem gaps need not be filled, but Arctic indigenous and environmental groups disagree. Deepwater spill 'meets the Titanic': groups sue to stop Arctic drilling (09/29/2011) Following the Obama administration's approval of Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the Arctic's Beaufort Sea, a wide-swathe of environmental have filed a lawsuit to stop the drilling, which could begin as early as next summer. Those filing the...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0209-hance_arctic_drilling_...

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