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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7115 Thu Jul 31 21:55:46 EDT 2014 Donna Cussac Cleveland, TN I can't believe President Obama actually allowed this horrible assassination of our seas and their inhabitants. This is beyond sad and tragic. Please do something to change this. Thank you.
7114 Thu Jul 31 19:06:18 EDT 2014 paula osullivan oceanside, CA
7113 Thu Jul 31 18:43:40 EDT 2014 Steve Wiegand Pomona, CA
7112 Thu Jul 31 18:41:56 EDT 2014 Steve Wiegand Pomona, CA
7111 Thu Jul 31 18:30:29 EDT 2014 Patricia Haberstock Greenville, SC
7110 Thu Jul 31 17:48:01 EDT 2014 Susan Freel New York, NY Leave the ocean alone. The east coast would be better off with offshore wind power not more gas and oil drilling.
7109 Thu Jul 31 17:23:36 EDT 2014 Michelle Scott Newport News, VA
7108 Thu Jul 31 17:09:33 EDT 2014 sally hoffmann manahawkin, NJ
7107 Thu Jul 31 16:56:33 EDT 2014 Kate Bomphrey New York, NY We should be funding sustainable technology research and development, not exploratory mining of finite resources.
7106 Thu Jul 31 16:24:16 EDT 2014 chris bruno studio city, CA I thought this was supposed to be an environmental president.
7105 Thu Jul 31 15:24:16 EDT 2014 Nichole Oleson Bellingham , WA You will knowingly harm and/or kill hundreds of thousands of marine animals- our lives depend on the well being of our oceans, STOP the use of Seismic disturbance in our oceans!
7104 Thu Jul 31 14:17:57 EDT 2014 Marguerite Herrick San Diego, CA Enough is enough! How much longer will we continue to be irresponsible stewards of God's creation?
7103 Thu Jul 31 14:17:02 EDT 2014 Marguerite Herrick San Diego, CA Enough is enough! How much longer will we continue to be irresponsible stewards of God's creation?
7102 Thu Jul 31 14:03:13 EDT 2014 Carole Cline TS, FL This could effect the animals in sea in so many negative ways. Please don't use this extreme method. How would you like it if bombs were set off near you total disrupting or even distroying your ability More....
7101 Thu Jul 31 13:32:14 EDT 2014 Hank Morgan Darien, CT
7100 Thu Jul 31 13:17:39 EDT 2014 Donna Lovelace-Flora Ormond Beach, FL
7099 Thu Jul 31 12:56:00 EDT 2014 Shawn Sargent West Yarmouth, MA This decision is dead wrong Mr. President!
You will be held responsible for all of the marine mammals, that will die using this form of testing !
7098 Thu Jul 31 11:42:38 EDT 2014 Betty Cummins FL
7097 Thu Jul 31 11:29:54 EDT 2014 alvin smithson leesburg, VA Its hard to believe with all the Go Green initiatives that Obama has signed that he would actually go along with such nonsense as Seizmic sureys and fracking. And that our Senators of Virginia and other More....
7096 Thu Jul 31 11:26:50 EDT 2014 Ryan Mitchell Boch Ottawa, ON
7095 Thu Jul 31 11:20:58 EDT 2014 Sharon Norton Sacramento, CA
7094 Thu Jul 31 11:12:30 EDT 2014 Bill Snoke Potomac, MD Stop it Obama!
7093 Thu Jul 31 10:36:40 EDT 2014 Wendy Way Wayne, ME
7092 Thu Jul 31 10:15:08 EDT 2014 Paul Ferrera Santa Rosa, CA Spend the resources on alternative energy solutions.
7091 Thu Jul 31 09:58:10 EDT 2014 virginia schmidt naples, FL
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