Scientists Ask For More Arctic Science Before Drilling

573 scientists, including renowned oceanographer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle, signed a letter just delivered to President Obama asking him to follow the recommendations of a 2011 US Geological Survey report to fill in gaps in our understanding of Arctic Ocean marine science, before allowing full-blown oil and gas drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

Shell and BP are two of the big players with big drilling plans for the Arctic.  Both have caused major oil spills recently, off Nigeria a few weeks ago and of course in our own Gulf of Mexico in 2010.