|Ocean blasting kills marine life. Click here to tell the Secretary of the Interior to put a stop to seismic testing and save the whales.
Just imagine for a moment if your home was assaulted with an insanely loud blast, louder than 10 jet engines, every 10 seconds. All day, all night, for days to months on end. This is actually a heartbreaking reality for whales and other marine life as Big Oil does its dirty business off our pristine coasts using seismic air blasts to search for oil and gas deposits beneath the seafloor.
The Interior Department announced it is planning on moving forward with seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean following President Donald Trump’s executive order to expand offshore drilling in protected areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Six permit applications by energy companies, that were originally rejected by the Obama administration, are now being reviewed by the department.1
The noise of these blasts is so loud that it can be heard up to 2,500 miles from the source – to put in perspective, that is about the distance from Los Angeles, CA, to Washington, DC!2 And it’s not just sealife upset about this, more than 120 East Coast municipalities that formally oppose offshore drilling and/or seismic airgun blasting. The Interior Department’s comment period on seismic survey ends July 7th.3 Click here to press the mute button on seismic testing.
These blasts have a devastating effect on marine life, including turtles, dolphins and whales, which depend on sound to find food and mates, navigate, avoid predators, take care of young and survive.
Endangered whales and other marine life are at risk.4 Big Oil is pushing to open new sections of our coastline – from the Atlantic to the Arctic. That means that testing could be coming soon to a lot more states — including beaches all along the Atlantic coast, and sections of California previously not drilled too.
Unless we raise our voices and stop it, the expanded use of seismic airguns could devastate marine life, harming fisheries and coastal economies. Click here to press the mute button on seismic testing.
Thank you for taking environmental action,
Sally and the Save the Whales Team at Environmental Action
1. Chow, Lorraine, “Seismic Testing to Begin in Atlantic Ocean in Push for Offshore Drilling,” EcoWatch, May 11, 2017.
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