Stop Seismic Airgun Blasting and New Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic
Trump gave the green light to oil and gas companies in 2019 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 decision 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 supporting the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act (S. 1263/ HR 2158).
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