The Dutch Are Drilling in the Arctic by RC deWinter
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*© 2010 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Well, they will be soon…

An oil drilling ship sits in Beaufort Sea in the Arctic, courtesy of Royal Dutch Shell. Glaciers melt in the background as the drill plunges into the ocean, disturbing not only the waters but the wildlife that populates them as well.

On May 13, 2010, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a group of consolidated lawsuits that challenged the Mineral Management Service’s approval of Shell’s plans to conduct exploratory drilling for oil in two Arctic seas.

The Environmental Protection Agency had previously granted Shell clean air permits for this drilling expedition. The EPA’s approval is now being appealed by Alaskan Natives and environmental groups; in light of the 9th Circuit’s ruling, it seems unlikely the appeal with be granted.

Despite the oil industry’s lack of knowledge on how to contain a potential oil spill in icy waters, the recent BP Gulf of Mexico disaster and the disturbance to the natural ecology of the region that drilling will cause, money apparently still has a very loud voice and carries a very big stick.

Digital oil painting with a fine vertical fabric texture.*

*I have been a photographer for over 25 years, using both traditional and digital SLR equipment, with pictures published in print as well as in online publications and galleries. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.

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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    This is just amazing, Regina – you are right, money does have a very loud and lying voice

  • Absolutely…and much to our and the earth’s detriment very often…thank you, Stephanie.

    – RC deWinter

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    (your vote is needed here !)

    (a new challenge is open !)

  • I voted! :-) A lot!

    – RC deWinter

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 4 years ago

    Stunning image, & sending out a needed message

  • Yes, I got on my soapbox again…but hey…art can and should make a statement if necessary. Thanks for the encouragement.

    – RC deWinter

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