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.
This petition is no longer active.
1-25 of 6713 signatures
Number Date Name Location Feel free to leave a comment
6713 Mon Mar 17 14:34:29 EDT 2014 Thomas Raines Neptune Bch, FL
6712 Mon Mar 17 13:10:58 EDT 2014 Colin Henderson Palmetto Bay, FL
6711 Mon Mar 17 13:00:31 EDT 2014 joanlee montefusco East Hampton, NY
6710 Mon Mar 17 11:38:34 EDT 2014 Nathan Weis Cocoa beach, FL Please consinder the impacts upon our most precious resource. This will have negative consequences for our ocean if it happens.
6709 Mon Mar 17 10:53:51 EDT 2014 corlinda slagt putten, AL
6708 Mon Mar 17 10:41:48 EDT 2014 Sudeshna Ghosh Calcutta, ot
6707 Mon Mar 17 10:39:26 EDT 2014 Donna Hamilton
6706 Mon Mar 17 10:03:42 EDT 2014 brigitte hoin herzogenrath, DE
6705 Mon Mar 17 10:03:42 EDT 2014 brigitte hoin herzogenrath, DE
6704 Mon Mar 17 09:53:36 EDT 2014 Andrea Sreiber Schenectady, NY
6703 Mon Mar 17 08:55:30 EDT 2014 Helene Forst East Hampton, NY We need to be stewards of our precious planet, not destroyers of it. We are all interconnected, so everything we do to hurt the environment and the animals that live in it, will eventually affect us.
6702 Mon Mar 17 08:05:01 EDT 2014 Mark Bastian Helston, ot
6701 Mon Mar 17 08:03:12 EDT 2014 Constance Franklin Los Angeles, CA
6700 Sun Mar 16 23:25:55 EDT 2014 Vanessa Lopez OH
6699 Sun Mar 16 20:45:55 EDT 2014 deborah brandt baraboo, WI
6698 Sun Mar 16 18:20:19 EDT 2014 Daniel Enos Orange, CA Can't they figure out a way to do silent testing?
6697 Sun Mar 16 18:20:17 EDT 2014 Daniel Enos Orange, CA Can't they figure out a way to do silent testing?
6696 Sun Mar 16 08:20:17 EDT 2014 Anneke Andries Fountain, MI
6695 Sat Mar 15 13:26:26 EDT 2014 les roberts fresno, CA
6694 Sat Mar 15 13:06:42 EDT 2014 Judith Smith Chesterfield, NJ We have been entrusted by God to take care of ALL of his creation. PLEASE protect the marine life in the Atlantic and CANCEL SEISMIC SURVEYS.
6693 Sat Mar 15 02:15:38 EDT 2014 Wendy Rangel Key West, FL, FL
6692 Fri Mar 14 20:19:14 EDT 2014 Karen Heim Atlanta, GA Please protect our fish and marine mammals!
6691 Fri Mar 14 19:04:42 EDT 2014 Amanda DeStefano baltimore, MD No more dead dolphins please :(
6690 Fri Mar 14 18:34:41 EDT 2014 Anonymous MD
6689 Fri Mar 14 18:25:20 EDT 2014 Anonymous St.Simons Island , GA
Next ->