The Impossible Has Happened

Today, Sept. 28, 2015, Shell Oil announced that they have sealed and abandoned their exploratory well in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea siting “insufficient amounts of oil and gas to warrant further exploration.”

Even though they drilled to 6800 feet, they found very little oil or gas. Despite investing billions of dollars in this endeavor, they will “cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future.”

Wow, I am thrilled beyond words! Our passionate protests in both Seattle and Portland’s harbors pleaded for an end to focusing on fossil fuel extraction as an answer to future energy needs. The U.S. must now truly focus on alternative energy development and deepen our commitment to minimizing CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist.

7 replies
  1. Julia Doggart
    Julia Doggart says:

    I heard this on the news yesterday, and immediately thought of you… and all those colourful kayaks… and all the human passion and will that went into this movement in favour of, in support for, in love with the earth. Happy day!

  2. Luise Lecy
    Luise Lecy says:

    When the news came out, I felt tremendous joy and gratitude. Even though Shell backed out primarily because of anticipated lack of profit, the power of protesters, kayaktivists, and the global community was also a part of Shell’s decision. Hooray for the Earth, her oceans, all living beings, and the power of the people.


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