Merkley: Shell Made Right Decision, Arctic Drilling Too Risky and Dangerous

Merkley: Shell Made Right Decision, Arctic Drilling Too Risky and Dangerous

 Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after Royal Dutch Shell announced they will not drill in the Arctic Ocean in 2014. 

“An oil spill in the Arctic would be disastrous, and I am glad Shell is cancelling plans to drill in this sensitive area this summer. It is doubtful that drilling in the harsh and unforgiving elements of the Arctic can be done safely and the consequences of a mistake would be catastrophic. The Department of the Interior should cancel Shell’s lease and put a halt on all future leases in the Arctic, because drilling in the Arctic is just too risky and dangerous.”

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