The Trump Administration has recently proposed further opening federal waters to oil and gas drilling. An expansion of oil drilling in our oceans will be a severe blow to decades-long efforts to protect endangered and threatened sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
Trump’s Proposed Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program would place thousands of miles of America’s coast at risk from oil and gas operations, including catastrophic oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe that spewed 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. As many as 320,000 Kemp’s ridley, green and loggerhead sea turtles may have been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Please sign your name to our petition calling on the federal government to protect our oceans and the marine wildlife that inhabit them.
President Trump and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,
We are writing to express our strong opposition to Draft Proposed OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024 and we encourage you to stay with the 2017-2022 Program that was finalized in 2016. The new draft proposal contradicts the findings of the BOEM’s prior drilling program for 2017-2022.
Expanding oil and gas drilling in our oceans will increase risks to endangered and threatened sea turtles. Some of the most critically endangered species include the Eastern Pacific leatherback population, the Hawaiian hawksbill population, and the Kemp’s ridley which is found in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sea turtles will be at increased risk from oil spill events like that of the Deepwater Horizon, increased risk from ship strikes from expanded tanker transport operations, and increased risk from seismic surveys and the building of pipelines and platforms.
Additionally, tourism and recreation industries generate billions of dollars for coastal states and the nation as a whole and these industries depend on a healthy marine ecosystem. Expanded oil drilling may negatively impact these industries, especially if there is another catastrophic spill or wildlife is killed.