In a Victory for Activist, Shell Puts a Halt on Arctic Drilling

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Monday was a taste of victory for many climate change activists after Shell announced it would put a stop to its offshore drilling that the Royal Dutch company began this summer in the Alaskan Arctic.

While company's abandonment is “for the foreseeable future,” activists might have had some clout when it came to Shell's decision. According to the Guardian, Shell voiced its concerns about the "public protests against the drilling" and said that it was a threat to the company's reputation. Many activists took to the sea earlier this summer and blockaded one of Shell's Arctic-bound ships leaving Portland, Oregon, not to mention the many land protests by environmentalists.

"That’s because you won, you did this. Shell announced last night that it is pulling out of the Alaskan Arctic and won’t be drilling there again anytime soon," Greenpeace stated on its website.

Along with public protests, Shell also cited an “unpredictable federal regulatory environment,” little oil and high costs as the main reasons for abandoning the exploration. 

Shell will “sealed and abandoned" the well in the Chukchi Sea, which is located about 80 miles off the northwest coast of Alaska, in "accordance with U.S. regulations.”

But while climate activists are celebrating this victory, Greenpeace is still urging them to pressure President Obama to "permanently protect the Arctic and keep all fossil fuels in the ground where they belong."

"So, while the work to keep fossil fuels in the ground isn’t over, let’s take a moment to drink long and deep from the cup of victory. Let’s savor it. Because you earned it. This victory is a result of the amazing work of millions of people around the world who stood up against Shell and said #ShellNo to Arctic drilling. People like you who signed petitions, shared the story with your family and friends, protested on kayaks, bicycles, and on foot, or did any of the hundreds of other small acts which combined together to force this oil giant into retreat. This is a collective victory, a triumph, which we all made happen together."


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