Minerals Management Service approves Arctic drilling despite legal issues

Arctic Focus – The Minerals Management Service (MMS), part of the federal government in the States, has given the okay for Shell Oil to start drilling in the Chukchi Sea. The drilling could start as early as next summer. The project was approved without the MMS fully analyzing the possible effects on not only the wildlife in the area, but the Native communities in the area, something that doesn’t sit well with some community members. President of the Native Village of Point Hope situated on the North Slope, Caroline Cannon says, “The proposed oil and gas activities affect the very foundations of who we are as individuals and as a people. We have a right to life, to physical integrity, to security, and the right to enjoy the benefits of our culture. For this, we will fight; we just hope not to die as a people during the process.”

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