Oppose Seismic Surveys in the Atlantic

The Department of Interior is deciding whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic ocean from New Jersey to Florida to assess oil and gas resources. The proposed surveys would employ loud and continuous sound blasts that would cause major impacts to marine wildlife and the ecosystem.

Please ask the Secretary of the Interior to cancel seismic exploration off the Atlantic coast.

Seismic surveys would 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.

I request that you cancel plans to conduct seismic surveys off the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts. Seismic airgun activity for oil and gas exploration has a huge environmental footprint and would produce significant impacts on marine mammals, sea turtles, fishes, and other marine life. According to the Department's own estimates, seismic exploration over the next eight years would injure up to 138,500 marine mammals and disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding, and other vital activities more than 13.5 million times. Airgun noise also affects fish behavior and fisheries on a broad scale, displacing commercial species of fish over thousands of square kilometers. The Department must protect marine resources in the Atlantic - and the coastal communities that depend on them - by canceling plans to conduct seismic surveys. Thank you.
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8151 Sat Aug 30 14:43:07 EDT 2014 Anonymous Halifax, MA
8150 Fri Aug 29 13:54:01 EDT 2014 Anonymous GA
8149 Fri Aug 29 13:51:56 EDT 2014 melinda campbell san clemente, CA Preserve our wildlife!
8148 Fri Aug 29 13:50:44 EDT 2014 melinda campbell san clemente, CA
8147 Fri Aug 29 12:59:08 EDT 2014 Anonymous Santa Cruz, CA
8146 Fri Aug 29 09:56:47 EDT 2014 julia agahi allen, TX
8145 Thu Aug 28 13:47:50 EDT 2014 Michael Hays WA
8144 Thu Aug 28 12:13:10 EDT 2014 caroline struck osnabrück, AK
8143 Thu Aug 28 10:44:10 EDT 2014 John Murphy Clayton, NC Is more oil really worth this? You know the answer.
8142 Thu Aug 28 09:31:19 EDT 2014 susan lister Do we really want our oceans devoid of life?
8141 Wed Aug 27 23:32:09 EDT 2014 Jeff coon Jackson, NJ Stupid! stop this right away.
8140 Wed Aug 27 21:18:17 EDT 2014 Jonny Sweet CA
8139 Wed Aug 27 19:23:48 EDT 2014 caroline anderson freeport, QC
8138 Wed Aug 27 19:17:51 EDT 2014 Sam Bennekens AL
8137 Wed Aug 27 18:50:27 EDT 2014 caroline anderson freeport, QC
8136 Wed Aug 27 17:12:21 EDT 2014 Michael Wise LaPorte, CO It is tragic, and it saddens me deeply that we are allowing oil companies to continue to kill our oceans,destroy the livelihood of people all over the planet, and indeed kill human beings, all in the name More....
8135 Wed Aug 27 15:29:32 EDT 2014 Anonymous Salem , OR
8134 Wed Aug 27 13:27:22 EDT 2014 Debbie Murphy Clayton, NC Please stop THIS from happening and destroying our dwindling sea life!
8133 Wed Aug 27 12:49:28 EDT 2014 binnie shaw Boncath, ot Species before greed!
8132 Wed Aug 27 11:23:25 EDT 2014 Louis Ciufolo-Dickey North Beach, MD
8131 Wed Aug 27 10:56:56 EDT 2014 Sarah Lagerquist Champlin, MN NO
8130 Wed Aug 27 06:14:53 EDT 2014 Sandy Burchsted Austin, TX
8129 Wed Aug 27 04:04:43 EDT 2014 soula christos Johannesburg, ND
8128 Wed Aug 27 04:04:40 EDT 2014 soula christos Johannesburg, ND
8127 Wed Aug 27 03:29:18 EDT 2014 Donna Hartley Washington, DC NO, NO, NO to Seismic Surveys in the Atlantic!!
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