Four years ago, America’s worst oil disaster, the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, killed eleven people and gushed 210 million gallons of oil into the ocean.1 Today at least 14 species — including birds, fish and dolphins — are struggling to survive, and the once lucrative fishing, tourism and recreation economies of the Gulf have still not recovered.2
Not only does offshore drilling threaten our oceans, marine life and people, but increasing offshore oil drilling will also accelerate climate change. If we are serious about avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we have to keep dirty fuels like oil and gas in the ground.
Despite this fact, the Obama administration is setting the stage for oil drilling in our oceans from the Arctic to the Atlantic over the next several years.
The administration is taking public comments now. We only have until July 31 to tell them to say no to new leasing for gas and oil in America’s oceans. Send your comment now!
Offshore drilling will put people, marine animals and other wildlife at risk.
Last week, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved seismic testing in the Eastern Atlantic3 — testing that will deafen nearly 140,000 marine mammals4 just to determine if there is oil on the ocean floor! And as Shell Oil has already demonstrated with mishap after mishap, drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean is far too risky.5
The Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska’s Prince William Sound decimated orca, otter and fish populations, and 25 years later they have yet to fully recover.6
Our marine ecosystems cannot withstand any more oil spills. Our fishing and recreation economies may not survive any more oil spills.
Tell the administration to say no to new gas and oil leases and protect our oceans, people and wildlife from destructive oil drilling!
When it comes to stopping offshore drilling, our past efforts to protect the Arctic Ocean have been successful due to strong support from people like you. We can protect all of America’s oceans if you take action now!
For the sake of our planet, the climate and future generations, we must stop offshore drilling, end our reliance on dirty fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy economy.
The administration can take a stand by starting with our oceans. Please, tell them to say no to future oil and gas leases today!
Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,
Sierra Club President
P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends and colleagues!