21 Feb '12, 9pm

News: Arctic Oil Drilling Will Pump Pollution into Pristine Skies

News: Arctic Oil Drilling Will Pump Pollution into Pristine Skies

A coalition of groups has filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s issuance of air pollution discharge permits for Shell’s Discoverer drillship and associated fleet for use in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. The permits, provisionally approved last September, were issued February 10, 2012. Shell intends to use the Discoverer to drill in the fragile, remote, stormy and icy waters of the America's Arctic Ocean starting this summer. As the sea ice retreats polar bears have a harder time jumping from ice flow to ice flow, forcing them to swim enormous distances to find land. Beaufort Sea, Alaska. (© Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild.com) View a photo slideshow of the Arctic. Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Northern Alaska Environment Center, Oceana, ...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2012/arctic-oil-drilli...

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