From Maine to Florida, people along the East Coast strongly oppose offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean -- yet the Trump administration has just given draft authorization to five companies to use seismic airgun blasts to map fossil fuel deposits there. This despite the literally millions of instances of harm it would do to a wide range of whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.
Please -- add your voice to that of 125 East Coast cities and towns that have passed resolutions in opposition and help us stop this destructive plan.
Bombarding the ocean with 250-decibel blasts every 10 seconds, all day long and for months on end in hopes of finding oil, is reckless and cruel. Nine of the 450 remaining endangered North Atlantic right whales could be injured or killed, federal studies show. And East Coast residents rightly worry about the devastating impact an oil spill would have on tourism, fishing and recreation -- not to mention the added threat expanded drilling would pose for our climate.
Add your name today and urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to reject the permits industry needs to hurt wildlife and begin seismic blasting in the Atlantic.
Subject: Don't Harm Whales to Search for Atlantic Oil
I'm writing to strongly oppose your issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorization to companies that want to do seismic oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. The federal government has a legal and moral obligation to help protect endangered whales and other vulnerable marine mammals from harm -- and that responsibility is best served by denying these permits.
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As environmental studies have shown, the permits would cause millions of harmful interactions with wildlife protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, possibly injuring or killing critically imperiled species such as the North Atlantic right whale. These deafening seismic blasts disrupt migration patterns; interfere with communications; and disturb feeding, mating and other vital functions.
That high cost to marine wildlife just isn't worth the speculative interest in Atlantic offshore drilling. As you may know, there is strong, bipartisan opposition on the East Coast and elsewhere to proposals that would allow seismic blasting and/or new offshore leasing and drilling in the Atlantic. Residents there rightly worry about the devastating impact an oil spill would have on tourism, fishing, recreation and other coastal activities. And I stand with people around the world who want to see the United States reduce its carbon pollution rather than expand fossil fuel development into new regions.
In short, the federal government shouldn't allow harm to marine mammals just to find offshore oil that Americans don't want the industry drilling for anyway. This is a lose-lose proposition for the country, and I urge you to protect whales and dolphins from this unnecessary harm.