Learn more: Oil and Gas Activities
Oil and gas activities pose significant threats to Arctic ecosystems and to the people who depend on them. Placing wells, pipelines and vessels in the remote Arctic creates a substantial risk of a catastrophic oil spill and there is no proven method to clean up an oil spill in the icy conditions often found in the Arctic.
Oceana is working to limit any offshore expansion of oil and gas activities in the Arctic unless or until a strategic plan is developed that ensures that such activities can be conducted and accidents controlled without adversely impacting ecosystems or the subsistence way of life.
We are calling on the federal government to stop and reassess current management practices for oil and gas activities in the Arctic, given the extraordinary changes already occurring in the Arctic due to climate change. This includes legal opposition to recent lease sales in the Chukchi Sea.