“1st oil rig since BP disaster gets go ahead”

The first new offshore oil rig since the BP oil spill was given the go ahead this week with promises of safety. but endangered sea turtles are still at risk.
That’s why I spoke up  for sea turtle rescue at an oil and gas hearing in Houston that was packed with oil industry and government officials. They seemed to listen. Now they need to hear from all of  you, too,  before the March 31 deadline. Click here to take action, and read more below.

Sea turtles need rescue from oil and gas operations!

At the Texas hearing, an oil company consultant said that he loved the sea turtles as much as I do. If that’s true, then the oil companies have a lot of work to do. The loss of endangered sea turtles that we saw during the BP oil spill must never occur again. With the Kemp’s ridley nesting season just around the corner, now is the time to make things right.

Take Action by March 31, 2011

Right now we have a chance to secure new oil and gas regulations by writing to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. This is the agency that approves new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and is conducting an environmental review of the 2012 – 2017 oil and gas leasing program and accepting comments by March 31, 2011.

At the very least, oil spill response must include immediate on-water rescue of sea turtles, independent wildlife observers and rescue teams on cleanup vessels. Controlled burns and chemical dispersants must be banned in sea turtle habitat. Sea turtle swimways free of oil and gas rigs must be established. Help us get the message across by taking these steps now:

1. Click here to send a message calling for sea turtle protections in oil and gas leases.
2. Support STRP’s ongoing campaign to protect sea turtles from oil and gas with a gift of any amount you can.

Learn more: Read about our latest actions to protect sea turtles from oil and gas operations.

Sincerely yours,

Carole Allen
Gulf Office Director

At left: Carole Allen testifies on behalf of sea turtles at an oil and gas hearing held in Houston, Texas. (Houston Chronicle photo)

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