ACTION ALERT: Stop the Pentagon’s Sonic War on Whales

April 21st, 2013 - by admin

Ted Danson / Oceana – 2013-04-21 14:03:44

ACTION: Stop Sonic War on Whales
Ted Danson / Oceana

(April 17, 2013) — If we don’t act now, thousands of whales and dolphins will soon be subjected to loud, deafening blasts in the Atlantic Ocean. I’m petitioning President Obama to save them. Will you help me stop this? Call on President Obama to protect East Coast economies and marine ecosystems by rejecting this proposal for seismic airgun testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic.

The Obama administration is considering allowing the use of deadly seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas under the ocean floor, the first harmful step toward expanding dangerous offshore drilling to the Atlantic.

The US Department of the Interior estimates that 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured and possibly killed along the East Coast if these tests are allowed to go through. These blasts are 100,000 times louder than a jet engine, and they will happen every 10 seconds for months.

The White House has committed to respond to every petition that gets more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days. I know that with your help, we can reach that goal. If this is your first time signing a White House petition, here’s what you need to do (it takes about two minutes):

1. Click the “Create an Account” button on my petition’s page.
2. Fill out the form, and then wait for a confirmation email.
3. Click or paste the link in your email to get back to the site, and then return to my petition.
4. Click the green “Sign This Petition” button.
5. Now send the petition to all of your friends and share on Facebook and Twitter.

These seismic airgun blasts will injure some of the last surviving North Atlantic right whales. Seismic airguns also scare away fish and could pose a risk to East Coast fisheries, which are home to 200,000 jobs and nearly $12 billion in economic activity each year. We need to convince the Obama administration not to do this.

The worst part is that seismic airgun testing, while awful in and of itself, is the first step toward expanding offshore drilling to the East Coast. Remember the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster? Let’s not repeat history.

We don’t need to turn the Atlantic into a blast zone. There are clean energy alternatives to drilling, such as offshore wind. Our oceans can be put to a positive, renewable use to produce energy. For so many reasons — threats like airguns, oil spills, climate change, and ocean acidification to name a few — we should be phasing out offshore drilling, not expanding it to areas that have been protected for decades.

Today our oceans need your help more than ever. Please sign my petition to President Obama right now, and then forward this email to your friends and family. This one simple action could make the difference for thousands of dolphins and whales, and for all the people and animals living on our Atlantic coast.

For the oceans,
Ted Danson

We petition the obama administration to:
Stop Seismic Airgun Testing for Oil and Gas off the US East Coast

We the People

According to your Department of the Interior, seismic airgun testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic will injure or kill 138,500 dolphins and whales, including endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Seismic airguns and offshore drilling threaten commercial and recreational fisheries as well as ocean-based tourism and coastal recreation from Delaware to Florida. 730,000 jobs in this region depend on a healthy ocean. Seismic airgun testing is the first step toward expanding deepwater drilling, the same practice that caused the well-known Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous, and seismic airguns are an insult to ocean economies and ecosystems. With respect, we call on your administration to reject seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic.