Activists protest the Polar Pioneer, an oil rig leased by Royal Dutch Shell Plc that is bound for the Arctic, at a rally and march in Seattle, Washington, United States. | Photo: Reuters
Resistance is mounting to a Shell operation to beginning digging for oil in the Arctic, as Obama gave the multi-national the green light. U.S. President Barack Obama cleared the way for oil drilling to begin in the Arctic Monday when he approved Royal Dutch Shell's application to begin exploration work in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's North Slope. RELATED: Shell is 'Psychopathic,' Says Former UK Climate Change Envoy The move came in spite of months of protests and criticism from environmental groups and local communities, and will be viewed as a victory for the energy industry which has campaigned for exploiting the area, known to be rich in oil and gas. Two days earlier, a judge ordered Greenpeace to stay away from Shell vessels destined for the Arctic.