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Help Save Sea Turtles and the Healthy Coasts They Need to Survive February 25, 2006 9:32 AM

Help Save Sea Turtles

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Green Sea Turtle Swimming Distance ShotSea turtles are just one animal threatened by harmful drilling off our coasts. Help protect them... 

Do you remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill? It could be coming to a beach near you or someone you love if Congress expands harmful offshore oil drilling along our coasts.

Urge your Representative to support full and permanent protection of America's coastline and the wildlife that depends on it. 

The new year has brought a flood of legislative proposals to open our nation's coastline to oil drilling. Several dangerous drilling bills have been introduced in the Senate, and similar legislation is expected soon in the House of Representatives.

Expanding offshore drilling would put our sea otters, manatees, and endangered sea turtles at risk -- not to mention the beautiful beaches that millions of Americans flock to each year.

That's why it's so important that you urge your representative to protect our coasts and the wildlife that lives there.

Make the call! Follow this link to get in touch with your Representative.

Offshore drilling creates mercury and other toxic discharges that could poison and kill tuna, dolphins, sharks, and other marine wildlife. It also increases noise that is disruptive to marine mammals. And it adds to harmful air pollution. 

But those aren’t the only reasons that expanding offshore drilling is a bad idea…

  • The increased transport of oil would threaten our shores, bays, and harbors. It would greatly increase the risk of an Exxon Valdez-style oil spill that would kill fish, destroy coral reefs, spoil imperiled sea turtle nesting beaches, and ruin precious habitat for already-endangered sea otters and manatees.
  • Increasing offshore oil drilling requires expanding onshore infrastructure -- a move that could destroy precious coastal wetlands that help lessen the impact of deadly hurricanes.

Urge your Representative to help protect America’s shorelines… Please click here to take action now.

As usual, thank you for all you do to protect our treasured wildlife and the special places where they live. With your help, we can prevent oily beaches and protect our treasured wildlife.


Rodger Schlickeisen, President
Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of WildlifeRodger Schlickeisen, President (c)Daniel J. Cox/www.naturalexpos

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