Royal Dutch Shell could start its controversial oil drilling operations in Point Hope, Alaska, in 2002. Greenpeace and other eco-friendly organizations have manifested their disapproval, stating that such an action would affect the balance of a unique ecosystem.
Oil drilling is currently one of the hottest topics. It has even managed to separate the members of the community, the Guardian
Some say the financial aspect cannot be overlooked, since Shell's activity in the area can be quite beneficial from this point of view. Billions of gallons of oil located beneath the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas represent quite a tempting target.
The wellbeing of Point Hope's indigenous people is now correlated with a strong Inupiat tradition of “living off the sea.”
There are no modern roads, flashy buildings and high-tech improvements. Their ways of obtaining profit are centuries old and risk-free. Shell might be able to change this in the near future.
Twelve earth-friendly organizations fear a potential oil spill with devastating consequences on the marine environment. Such an event would stop people from putting food on the table on a daily basis.