22 Sep '12, 12pm

Arctic Safe From Oil Drilling For Now

Arctic Safe From Oil Drilling For Now

Dan Ritzman knows this week's announcement from Shell that the company wouldn't drill in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi Seas this year is a reason to be happy, but he also knows it's not a complete victory. "I'm not just opposed to drilling because it can't be done safely -- it just shouldn't be done at all," said Dan, a senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club and Arctic wilderness guide. "To me, the Arctic is just too special." Known as the Polar Bear Seas, the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas are home to the entire US population of polar bears and serve as an important migration route for bowhead and beluga whales. © Dan Ritzman "I'm very lucky to have experienced the place first hand," said Dan. "I feel a special connection to the incredible wildlife that lives there and tremendous respect for the people and their culture that call the Arctic home and the Arctic ...

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