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Urge the Secretary of the Interior to Abandon the Plan to Allow Seismic Testing in the Atlantic! Please Sign


Animals  (tags: Ocean mammals, whales, wildlife, suffering, ethics, cruelty, protection, animalrights, death, killed, sadness )

Krystal
- 726 days ago - secure.nrdconline.org
Even the government admits that the industry's airguns could injure up to 138,500 marine mammals and disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding and other vital activities more than 13.5 million times.



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Krystal R. (123)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:42 pm
Offshore oil and gas exploration involves the towing of arrays of high-volume airguns behind ships. These airguns fire intense impulses of compressed air -- almost as loud as explosives -- every 10-12 seconds, 24 hours per day, for weeks and months on end. Because of the enormous distance sound can travel in the ocean, the dangerous noise from this activity can stretch many hundreds of miles and drive whales to abandon their habitats, go silent, and cease foraging over vast areas of ocean. At shorter distances, it can cause permanent hearing loss, injury, and death.

According to the Interior Department's own draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, the proposal to open up a huge area of the Atlantic ocean to the industry's blasting would injure up to 138,500 marine mammals and disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding, and other vital activities more than 13.5 million times. Critically endangered species would suffer, including the North Atlantic right whale, a vulnerable population of fewer than 400 individuals.

The proposed action threatens not only whales, but ocean fish populations and coastal economies. Airgun noise has been shown to displace valuable species of fish across vast areas and depress catch rates.

You have the power to protect whales and dolphins from the relentless acoustical assault of seismic exploration. You have the power to preserve multi-billion dollar fishing, tourism, and recreational industries that support hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

I'm asking you to abandon the proposition to open up the Atlantic Ocean to exploratory airgun blasting for offshore oil and gas.

With airgun exploration comes pressure for oil and gas drilling. If we have learned anything from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it is that the impacts of an oil spill are devastating and long term -- for the environment, for wildlife, for communities, and for economies. We must not open the east coast of America to oil and gas exploration and drilling, risking our treasured coastline and wildlife, as well as multi-billion dollar fishing, tourism, and recreational industries that support hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

For all these reasons, I urge the Department of the Interior to abandon its proposal to open up the Atlantic to exploratory airgun blasting for offshore oil and gas
 

Sue H. (5)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:51 pm
Noted and Message Sent, thanks.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Monday December 31, 2012, 6:06 pm
Thx, signed and shared
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (226)
Monday December 31, 2012, 7:29 pm
S & N!
 

Mónica AYUGA (109)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 1:40 am
EstŠn destruyendo el planeta, cuando ya no quede nada, en que clase de planeta viviremos?
 

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 1:57 am
Noted and signed.
Thanks
 

Danuta Watola (1217)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:19 am
Noted
 

Christeen Anderson (554)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 3:19 am
Signed.
 

Debbie Williamson (276)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 8:31 am
signed
 

Elizabeth O. (88)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 9:15 am
Signed.
 

Leslene Dunn (74)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 10:55 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Thomas P. (468)
Friday January 4, 2013, 11:24 am
Noted and signed...thanks Krystal!
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Friday January 4, 2013, 4:04 pm
Signed,thanks. Hope this petition makes a difference.
 

federico bortoletto (36)
Monday January 7, 2013, 10:49 am
Notato,firmato e condiviso. Grazie Krystal.
 

Ellen G. (344)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 8:22 am
done
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 11:03 am
N & S Krystal :-0 Tnx
 

Yvonne F. (177)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:52 am
So signed!!! Thanks Krystal
 
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