Oppose Atlantic Seismic Surveys
Oppose Seismic Surveys in the Atlantic
The Department of Interior is planning to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic ocean from New Jersey to Florida to assess oil and gas resources. The proposed surveys will employ loud and continuous sound blasts that will cause major impacts to marine wildlife and the ecosystem.
Please ask Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, to cancel seismic exploration off the Atlantic coast.
Seismic surveys will produce devastating impacts on marine mammals, sea turtles, fishes, and other marine life. The blasts from seismic airguns have been shown to interfere with the mating, feeding, communication, and migration activities of numerous species, including the endangered Right Whale (photo).
Furthermore, offshore drilling is inherently polluting and dangerous, and it will not solve our nation's energy needs. According to the Department of Energy, fully developing all of our recoverable offshore oil reserves would lower pump prices by only 3 cents. Such a tradeoff is not worth the risk to our coastal economies, including tourism, recreation, and commerical fishing, which generate billions of dollars in annual revenue on the Atlantic coast.
Please sign the petition to ask the Department to cancel plans for seismic exploration off the Atlantic coast.