April Conservation Series: Lobbying for the Arctic

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go to site Often times it is hard to understand how some of these environmental issues even begin. In the example of the Shell arctic drilling issue, it seems like there are many technicalities working against the oil company. First off, the Shell Company does not have the best track record when it comes to environmental competence, with a long list of oil spills and pollution lawsuits in the past. Secondly, the process of drilling for oil in the arctic has come under fire for being too risky and being more susceptible to environmental disaster. Finally, Shell has already experienced a failed attempt at exploration drilling in the Arctic when the Kulluk oil rig ran aground in 2012. So with all of this evidence mounting against the company, how was the company able to get a new Arctic exploration plan accepted by the US government?

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Shell made $451.35 billion in sales in 2014. Fortunately for them, being so wealthy allows a company, like Shell, to use its wealth as leverage when lobbying for government approvals. Lobbying reports from the first two quarters show that Royal Dutch Shell Company spent a cumulative $8.49 million on lobbying expenses. Ten lobbyists, hired by Shell, targeted the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and anyone else who might have a say, on the development of offshore drilling in Alaska.

Senator Mark Begich

Senator Mark Begich

In total, Shell gifted $53,700 to 41 members of the US House of Representatives and $52,100 to 24 members of the US Senate in 2014. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) received the most funding from Shell in 2014 with $8,950. Coincidentally enough Mark Begich sponsored the Coast Guard Arctic Preparedness Act, which Shell used as a means to simplify regulatory requirements for offshore drilling in Alaska- it’s amazing what you can do with money.

That’s not all though. There are many issues that Shell lobbied for, that aren’t represented by bills, all having to do with Arctic drilling. For example, they lobbied for: Issues related to simplifying and clarifying regulatory requirements for offshore Oil and Gas including NEPAIssues related to exploration and development of Alaska offshore oil and gas leases, and General Arctic policy and Alaska issues. All of this and more is easily obtainable from either a lobbying report itself or from the Center for Responsive Politics’ own website. Either of which we strongly urge you to check out!

Overall though, this can all be very overwhelming because how can we stop a company that is so big and powerful, like Shell, from drilling in the Arctic this summer? Fortunately, once again, it’s an easy answer- use your voice! Right now you can comment on the Exploration Plan from Shell that is under revision by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, found at this link!

Source: Center for Responsive Politics