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Center for Biological Diversity
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 Kempís 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 wonít 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
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 BPís 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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