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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6999 Fri Jul 25 10:55:32 EDT 2014 Linda Chase Denver, CO
6998 Thu Jul 24 04:13:25 EDT 2014 Jacqueline Chambers Saint Louis, MO
6997 Thu Jul 24 04:12:46 EDT 2014 Jacqueline Chambers Saint Louis, MO
6996 Thu Jul 24 04:12:26 EDT 2014 Jacqueline Chambers Saint Louis, MO
6995 Thu Jul 24 01:20:51 EDT 2014 Annelise Ekland Bartow, FL There are always more than one way to collect data and information. Devastating the whale and dolphin populations to do this is unacceptable. Please focus on finding alternative methods of intellectual More....
6994 Wed Jul 23 20:14:06 EDT 2014 Mari Anderson Oak Harbor, WA Stop the use of Seismic surveys and the threat to our oceans of off shore drilling for oil.
6993 Wed Jul 23 17:16:08 EDT 2014 Mike Abale Louisville, KY
6992 Wed Jul 23 16:11:07 EDT 2014 Robert Nelms Suffolk , VA
6991 Wed Jul 23 15:52:37 EDT 2014 Matt James St. Augustine, FL
6990 Wed Jul 23 15:14:25 EDT 2014 doug habbena MO
6989 Wed Jul 23 14:57:47 EDT 2014 Charles Cutajar MI
6988 Wed Jul 23 13:42:21 EDT 2014 Anonymous Houston, TX
6987 Wed Jul 23 13:36:09 EDT 2014 Brenda Wallis dunedin, FL
6986 Wed Jul 23 12:34:43 EDT 2014 Anonymous berry, AL you are killing our oceans. you are killing other species of life. you are killing us all. you have no right. but this is all exactly what you are wanting to do. so you are getting what you want unless More....
6985 Wed Jul 23 11:28:39 EDT 2014 Kerry Russell Saint Louis, MO
6984 Wed Jul 23 10:23:04 EDT 2014 Nancy Kaminski San Lorenzo, NM Please don't do this to our marine life. They are already struggling to survive against mans interference in their waters.
6983 Wed Jul 23 10:05:47 EDT 2014 Terrie Williams Vidor, TX
6982 Wed Jul 23 03:51:49 EDT 2014 Krista Slavin Keego Harbor, MI
6981 Wed Jul 23 03:51:40 EDT 2014 Krista Slavin Keego Harbor, MI
6980 Wed Jul 23 03:51:18 EDT 2014 Krista Slavin Keego Harbor, MI
6979 Wed Jul 23 03:15:08 EDT 2014 Deb Anderson Chatfield, MN
6978 Wed Jul 23 01:31:31 EDT 2014 Brenda Jones Wayne, NE
6977 Wed Jul 23 01:30:59 EDT 2014 Brenda Jones Wayne, NE
6976 Wed Jul 23 00:55:06 EDT 2014 Anne Moran Vancouver, BC
6975 Wed Jul 23 00:54:30 EDT 2014 Anne Moran Vancouver, BC
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