The Gulf spill was a wake-up call to the world. We all saw what happens when offshore drilling goes disastrously wrong.
With your help today, we will do everything possible to ensure that offshore oil exploration in Canada's Arctic is conducted safely and responsibly. With your special online gift today, WWF will work to:
- Identify Particularly Sensitive Areas where wildlife should be protected from drilling.
- Recommend a new framework to govern how offshore petroleum development is conducted, if, when and where it is allowed.
- Improve our capacity to deal with spills when they occur.
To prevent an oil spill disaster from happening on Canadian shores – and fight on behalf of Arctic ecosystems and wildlife – we must take action right now. I urge you to make your much-needed online gift today to help WWF take immediate steps to reduce the risks of offshore drilling.
Did You Know?
Oil exploration leases in Canada's Beaufort overlap with 75% of the environmentally sensitive areas identified by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The risk is real.
The warming Arctic holds an estimated 25 percent of the Earth's known remaining petroleum reserves and commercial activity is expected to climb as the area becomes more accessible and oil prices spike. Drilling is expected to start in the Beaufort by 2014 as BP and other oil firms make good on substantial contractual commitments to develop several leases in the ecologically-sensitive Beaufort Sea.
What WWF is Doing
WWF is calling for a consistent set of regulations that safeguard our environment, our coastal communities and our other marine industries. Learn more.
Donate: WWF is committed to helping set proper regulations governing offshore exploration in Canada. WWF is opening an office in Canada's Arctic so that we can put our feet on the ground and start driving the change we know is needed by working face-to-face with the key players and communities who must be part of the solution. We need YOUR help to make this happen.
Make your online gift in support of WWF now.