New Gulf Oil Spill Threatens Tens of Thousands of Birds
Thousands of migrating and nesting waterbirds are in grave danger because of a new oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Toxic oil is washing ashore near critical bird habitats as far as 150 miles from the site of the spill. Coming at the height of spring migration, the timing of the spill could not be worse.
Tell your members of Congress to do everything in their power to help the Texas Gulf Coast recover from this spill.
I am deeply saddened by the recent oil spill on the Texas Gulf Coast, which happened during the peak breeding season of thousands of our most treasured birds, like plovers, egrets, and Brown Pelicans. I am writing to urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that damaged ecosystems are restored after this disaster, for the birds and wildlife who call it home and the people of Texas who depend on the Gulf for their livelihoods.
The spill took place near the globally important Houston Audubon Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, a critical wintering and stopover habitat for as many as 70,000 migratory shorebirds, and near many of Audubon's coastal island waterbird sanctuaries, which host tens of thousands of breeding birds each year. I am also particularly concerned to hear that oil slicks could threaten the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, critical habitat for the endangered Whooping Crane.
I hope you will ensure that the parties responsible for this oil spill are held fully accountable under the greatest extent of the law. It is important to me that the fines levied against these companies are dedicated to restoration efforts in the place that was impacted, the Texas Gulf Coast.
The pictures coming in of birds covered in oil are heartbreaking. The Texas Gulf Coast is a vital ecosystem, and I am counting on you to help restore it.
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