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Shell Oil Drilling Serious Threat to Russian Polar Bear Reserve: Greenpeace

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The oil drilling operation of Shell in the Chukchi Sea can harm the vast population of polar bears and walruses living in the Wrangel Island reserve.

The oil drilling operation of Dutch oil giant Shell in the Chukchi Sea, which is a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, is a threat to Russia’s Wrangel Island National Park, Greenpeace said in a report published on Wednesday.

“Shell has received government approval to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea. Greenpeace found that this drilling threatens not only the nature of the United States, but also Russia, in particular — the famous Arctic Reserve ‘Wrangel Island’,” they said in a statement.


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Under the worst-case scenario of an oil spill, within ten days after the accident an oil leak could reach the Russian border. After 30 days it could reach the buffer zone of the Wrangel Island National Park.

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