28 February 2013
Shell Drop Arctic Oil Drilling Plans – Greenpeace Response
Responding to today’s news that oil giant Shell have ditched plans to drill in the Arctic this year, Bunny McDiarmid, executive director of Greenpeace, said:
“Shell’s multi-billion dollar Arctic investment lies in tatters today, and so does the company’s reputation.
“They massively underestimated the challenges posed by drilling off Alaska, and pushed on regardless, determined to spark a new Arctic oil rush. The huge global movement that sprang up to oppose them started right here in New Zealand, when a small group of volunteers boarded a Shell-contracted drilling ship in Taranaki, to try and stop it heading for the Arctic.
“Shell have dropped plans to drill this year, but when they try to head to the Arctic again, the millions of people who have backed the campaign to make this beautiful and special place off-limits for oil drilling will be waiting for them.”