Oily otters, slimy sea turtles, oil soaked feathers, oil slicked marine wildlife and befouled beaches along America’s coasts
Is this our destiny.
New offshore drilling proposals in Alaska, Florida, California and Virginia threaten marine wildlife and local economies that depend on clean, healthy beaches.
If such a spill were to occur off the coast of California, threatened southern sea otters could be doomed to extinction. Likewise, a spill off Florida’s coasts could decimate the beach habitat that threatened and endangered fish and sea turtles that have been so hard hit with freezing coastal weather.
New offshore drilling activities and infrastructure could also hasten the extinction of American’s threatened polar bears and endangered bowhead whales. Click here to help.
Planned drilling by Shell would put a 514-foot-long drill ship and an armada of support vessels in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea — a vital hunting area for polar bears and key migratory route for bowhead whales. The noise and disturbance caused by such activities could disrupt whale migration and make the search for food even more difficult for polar bears that are already losing the sea ice they need to hunt and survive.
Help protect our ocean wildlife. Sign our petition and urge Obama’s Ocean Policy Task Force to prioritize good science and wildlife protection as it decides how our coastal resources will be managed.
Unfortunately, overfishing, pollution, climate change and other threats have pushed our ocean resources to the brink. Careful planning is urgently needed, to protect our most treasured marine wildlife and the livelihoods of many that depend on the sealife for jobs and sustainance. The risks outway the temporary benefits of this oil. Healthy, clean, sustainable oceans with support more life and a healthier economy for our future.
Our oceans stand at a crossroads, and we have a choice: responsible, science-based management of these precious places or oily otters and other wildlife and industrialized oceans.
It’s up to us to make our voices heard and ensure that the Obama administration makes the right choice for future generations. Please take action today.
Excerpts courtesy of https://secure.defenders.org
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