Seismic Airgun Activity Off Atlantic Coast of U.S. Could Harm Thousands of Marine Animals
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Seismic Airgun Activity Off Atlantic Coast of U.S. Could Harm Thousands of Marine Animals

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      Save The Whales

Seismic airgun activity for oil and gas exploration has been approved by the Obama Administration. At present, the Department of Interior is deciding whether to allow seismic surveys for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Florida. The proposed surveys would employ loud and continuous sound blasts that would cause devastating impacts to whales, dolphins, sea turtles, fishes and other marine life, as well as the ecosystem.
Blasts from seismic airguns have been shown to interfere with the mating, feeding, communication, and migration activities of numerous species, including the critically endangered Northern Atlantic right whale which numbers around 300 whales.
Offshore drilling in Atlantic waters will not solve U.S. energy requirements, and it is polluting and dangerous. According to the Department of Energy, fully developing all recoverable offshore oil reserves would only slightly lower pump prices. This is not worth the death and impairment to marine life. Testing would impact coastal economies including tourism, recreation and commercial fishing, which account for annual revenue in the billions of dollars.
The number of animals affected over the next eight years - by the Department of the Interior's own estimates - could be up to 138,500 marine mammals. Furthermore, it would severely disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding and other activities. Marine resources in the Atlantic - and the coastal communities that depend on them - must be protected.
Rather than conducting harmful seismic surveys for offshore drilling, state and federal policymakers should focus on expanding offshore wind development without the risks to the environment from seismic airguns, oil spills and carbon emissions.

Please sign this petition asking the Department of the Interior to cancel plans for seismic exploration off the Atlantic coast.

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    • john pasqua VALLEY CENTER, CA
      • 24 days ago

      to ban seismic activity.

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    • Kathleen Mireault JAMAICA PLAIN, MA
      • 25 days ago

      Live and healthy marine wildlife TRUMPS BG&O and their greedy, evil works!

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    • Judith Hand DAYTONA BEACH, FL
      • 25 days ago

      More danger to our sealife, yes. And what happens if we find these pockets of oil? We do ahead and start proceedings that will not only hurt our sea life, but our human lives (our water, for one) and our environment. And why do we not mention that year's supply of oil we already have in the U.S.

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    • Bonnie Lewenza WINDSOR, CANADA
      • 25 days ago

      This is incredibly dangerous for all the marine life as it will cause many deaths of dolphins, sea turtles, whales. the blasts will interfere with the mating, feeding, communication, and migration of numerous marine life. Please stop this ludicrous act.

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    • Valerie Burgess FACTORYVILLE, PA
      • 25 days ago

      Please do not allow this, this is devastating to ocean life. We need to keep moving forward with renewable and clean energy resources like solar, wind, water. I do not understand why you would approve of this plan with all we understand about non-human life in this day, and after our President took such a huge step in the right direction with the recent caps on coal pollution. Please, show some mercy towards the planet, the ocean and it's inhabitants, and future generations of children.

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