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NRDC, Redford Challenge Shell

As the Interior Department paves the way for Shell to begin exploratory drilling this summer in Alaska's two Polar Bear Seas, NRDC is fighting back aggressively in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. We recently joined Earthjustice in a lawsuit to block the oil giant from operating in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, home to more than half of America's polar bears. The urgent courtroom action follows the Obama Administration's disappointing decision to approve Shell's drilling plan, despite the company's failure to prepare for a worst-case oil spill. We are also locked in a legal battle to stop Shell from drilling in the Beaufort Sea, including a sensitive area off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- the polar bear's favorite onshore birthing ground in Alaska.

Meanwhile, we've taken our campaign to stop Shell online with a hard-hitting video, narrated by NRDC Trustee Robert Redford, that calls new attention to the far-reaching risks posed by Shell's plan. "If the oil industry couldn't clean up a spill in the Gulf of Mexico, what chance does Shell have in a place with 20-foot surging seas, gale-force winds and subzero temperatures?" asks Redford. The video has already helped generate more than 100,000 messages to the Interior Department, protesting its misguided plan to open the Polar Bear Seas to oil development and calling on Secretary Ken Salazar to deny Shell the final permits it needs to begin drilling this summer.

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