Tell Congress: Say NO to More Offshore Drilling!Wherever there is drilling, oil spills are inevitable.
Right now, some members of Congress, including Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), are introducing legislation that would open up vast areas of the ocean to dangerous offshore drilling – and put thousands of marine animals at risk, from threatened sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, to harp seals and beluga whales in the Arctic Ocean.
Don’t allow another oil spill disaster to happen on our watch. Urge Congress to say NO to reckless legislation that would allow more offshore drilling.
According to Rep. Hastings, "These are just the first three of an array of bills that will be introduced"–bills that would shorten the timeline to approve new drilling and open up vast areas of the Gulf and the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans to dangerous offshore drilling.
Shockingly, the Deepwater Horizon explosion could be considered a "best case scenario" spill – located only 50 miles offshore, close to response and clean-up teams. Yet the response was not quick enough to save the thousands of animals found dead after the spill, and likely many more that were never found. For the whales, harp seals, and walruses in the Arctic, one of the places Big Oil is seeking to drill, help is hundreds of miles away. The consequences of a spill there could exceed the devastation we saw in the Gulf!
On every coast, hundreds of species – from threatened sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, to harp seals and beluga whales in the Arctic – are put in danger every time a new well is drilled. And it's up to us to protect them.