Gulf Spill Disaster - No New Offshore Oil Drilling!
The April 20 explosion at a BP exploratory drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 120 miles south of New Orleans, killed 11 workers and initiated what is becoming the worst oil spill disaster ever. We must stop all new offshore oil drilling now.
Officials currently estimate that a million gallons of oil may be leaking per day from the broken BP rig, with no near-term fix in sight to stop the spilling oil.
Hundreds of imperiled species in the Gulf will be harmed by the toxic oil from loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles to the Alabama beach mouse, Gulf sturgeon, Atlantic bluefin tuna, wood stork, and piping plover. Local communities dependent on the ocean for their livelihoods are already feeling the devastating impacts with no relief in site. The full extent of the damage won’t be known for some time, as the oil continues to gush and the response from industry and federal and state agencies appears largely ineffective to contain the ever-expanding spill.
Write President Obama today to reverse his March 31 decision to expand offshore oil drilling nationwide, and to enact a permanent ban on new offshore oil exploration and development. The massive oil spill from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig must be a wake-up call that the current exploratory plan approval process is broken, the environmental impacts of an oil spill are disastrously high, and industry claims about the unlikeliness of a spill and the safety of their offshore drilling operations are simply untrue.
Further, President Obama's recent announcement to stop Shell Oil from drilling through the heart of polar bear critical habitat this summer -- where it is indescribably more difficult to deal with an oil spill -- is only temporary. Urge him to permanently ban all oil and gas drilling in the fragile, melting Arctic environment.
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