The BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is a potent and anguishing reminder of the disastrous consequences of oil development. The toxic oil spill is threatening our oceans, coasts, communities and wildlife. The disaster has already taken human lives and now puts at risk communities along the Gulf Coast, an important fishery, and senstive wetlands which are home to over 400 species. Endangered species such as sperm whales, sea turtles, manatees, pelicans, least tern and gulf sturgeon are all in harms way.
Please ask President Obama to protect our ocean, coasts and wildlife and stop new offshore oil drilling.
It is of the utmost urgency that government agencies be armed with the resources they need in order to address the impacts of the oil spill on our ocean, coasts and wildlife. Please ensure that environmental emergency responders and monitors, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, have the appropriate resources to act in a timely and effective manner to address the cleanup and recovery needs of Gulf Coast residents, businesses, wildlife, and marine life. Please move quickly to protect important fisheries, critical wildlife habitat such as National Wildlife Refuges and endangered species such as sperm whales, sea turtles, manatees, gulf sturgeon, brown pelicans and least tern.
This tragedy has demonstrated the unacceptable risks of oil exploration off our coasts. Please protect our oceans, coasts and wildlife from dirty and dangerous offshore oil drilling. I implore you to stop all new offshore oil drilling and permanently protect our coasts.