Urgent: Tell Congress to Oppose Potentially Deadly Seismic Airgun Blasting and New Offshore Drilling

 

The Trump administration recently gave the green light to oil and gas companies to use seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, from New Jersey to Florida, to search for fossil fuels in the sea floor. The potential damage to marine animals and ecosystems is too great to risk.

 

Hundreds of thousands of ocean animals could be disturbed, maimed, or killed as a result of this shortsighted and potentially very deadly testing program. Marine mammals like whales and dolphins are at a higher risk for harm since they rely on hearing to communicate, reproduce, and find food.

 

Seismic airgun blasting is the first step towards dangerous offshore drilling. Offshore drilling causes habitat destruction, ocean acidification, and oil spills, resulting in immense loss of wildlife. Use of fossil fuels speed up climate change and associated risks. We cannot let this administration open the door to new offshore drilling when we have only twelve years to act against climate change.

 

Please tell your members of Congress to help stop plans to expand seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling in U.S. waters by opposing the SEA Act (HR 3133) and SECURE Act (HR 4239), and supporting legislation such as the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act (S. 1263/ HR 2158).

 

We must protect our biologically rich oceans! Thank you for taking action.

 

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