|Envisat ASAR radar image showing precise location of Scarabeo-9 drill rig in Cuban waters of Florida Straits. Image courtesy European Space Agency.|
|Shell’s Kulluk drill rig under tow, set to drill in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska this summer. Source: Fuelfix.com.|
July is not very far off. And to let drilling proceed in the Arctic Ocean without a transparent, public monitoring system and spill-response tool in place strikes us as both reckless and irresponsible: a needless escalation of the risks involved with drilling, and a willful disregard of the concerns that have been voiced by tens of thousands of Americans. Let’s fix this problem now.