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Dear Friend of the Ocean,

The Arctic Ocean is one of the most beautiful—and formidable—places on earth. It's also one of our world's most fragile ecosystems. That's why it's so important that we protect it—and right now that means saying no to new drilling in the Arctic waters off Alaska's northern coast.

As we speak, the Secretary of the Interior is preparing a five-year plan that will determine whether the federal government will issue new oil and gas leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Please join me and Ocean Conservancy: Tell Secretary Salazar to impose a time-out on drilling in the Arctic!

The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico showed us what happens when we allow drilling without adequate science or oil-spill response plans. And, believe it or not, if a similar disaster happened in the Arctic, the aftermath could be even more devastating, according to a report by the National Commission on the BP Oil Spill. The harsh conditions and remoteness of the Arctic frontier present new challenges that typical spill-response methods don't address—and oil and gas operators have not yet demonstrated that they can effectively clean up spilled oil in real-world Arctic conditions.

I don't know about you, but given what's at stake in the Arctic, this fact makes the prospect of new Arctic drilling extremely frightening to me. That's why it's absolutely crucial that Secretary Salazar hears our voice. We must tell him that until these issues are resolved, there should be no new lease sales in the Arctic.

Thank you for everything you've done and will continue to do to care for the ocean.

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Vikki N. Spruill
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Tracking Trash: 25 Years of Global Snapshots

What do 8,763,377 people from 152 countries and locations have in common? Nearly 150 million pounds of trash, and a deep love of our ocean.That's how much trash the nearly 9 million International Coastal Cleanup volunteers have picked up from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean—since it all started, in 1986! Read Tracking Trash, our 2011 report, and see how our data has inspired litter-reducing reform, industry innovation, and new partnerships to solve the problem of trash in our ocean.

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