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Greenpeace activists fire volley at Shell over coral in Arctic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy
Published 09:56 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012
  • This sample of sea raspberry coral was taken from the floor of the Chukchi Sea near a proposed Shell drill site. A Shell spokeswoman says of the coral: "When impacted, they return within months." Photo: Jiri Rezac / © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace
    This sample of sea raspberry coral was taken from the floor of the Chukchi Sea near a proposed Shell drill site. A Shell spokeswoman says of the coral: "When impacted, they return within months." Photo: Jiri Rezac / © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

WASHINGTON - Environmental activists are keeping the pressure on Shell Oil Co. as it inches closer to launching exploratory drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska.
Greenpeace activists and marine biologists conducting research in the area documented thick accumulations of soft coral in the Chukchi Sea near an area where Shell plans exploratory oil drilling.
Greenpeace scientists documented the sea raspberry coral during a recent research submarine dive in the Arctic waters north of Alaska. They took samples and photos of the species, known as Gersemia rubiformis, during the research mission and published the images on their website.
The move is the latest bid by environmental advocates to keep a spotlight on Shell's Arctic plans.... http://www.chron.com/business/article/Activists-fire-volley-at-Shell-over-coral-in-3747949.php