I was very disappointed by the recent news that Shell Oil can now begin drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, despite a lack of fundamental information about the impacts of development on the Arctic environment. Shell's drilling would take place smack dab in the middle of habitat.

Climate change is already ravaging this region. How can the federal government protect endangered species in a stressed environment and allow oil and gas development? Critical habitat for the polar bear is crucial. We must take a timeout from oil and gas activity in America's Arctic.

Gene Ulmer

Salt Lake City