Target: Governor of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie
Goal: To prevent construction of high voltage electrical cables in the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
A proposed multi-billion dollar inter-island undersea electric cable is threatening both the humpback whale and Hawaiian monk seal. This cable is presently being ‘fast-tracked’ through the environmental and public review process despite the tremendous cause for concern it offers by being taken straight through the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Thousands of North Pacific humpback whales travel to this sanctuary every year to mate, give birth, and nurse their young. This species is considered the fourth most endangered species of whale in the world and not the only to benefit from the sanctuary. The Hawaiian monk seal and five separate species of sea turtle all take refuge here as well.
These are all endangered or threatened (the Hawaiian monk seal is considered one of the rarest marine mammals in the world) and there are a host of other threatened species as well such as three different species of dolphin that make use of the sanctuary.
This cable would not only threaten the protected sanctuary for these animals, but also require the dynamiting of the world-famous Molokai Reef which lies in the center of the sanctuary. This is the largest and most pristine coral reef north of Australia, a rare gem in an age where reefs are being destroyed at a frightening pace.
On the island of Molokai, for which the reef is named, a poll showed that over 97% were opposed to the cable. This is not a critical item fast-tracked due to the will of the people, but a corporate project that is not only environmentally reckless but also runs counter to public desire.
This cannot be allowed to happen, not only will the process of laying the cable cause irreparable damage to the reef but the existence of the high voltage cable itself puts marine life at risk. Please lend your voice today in asking to stop the proposed cable before this can happen.
Dear Governor Abercrombie,
The dangers of high voltage electromagnetic fields on marine wildlife have been well documented. It causes confusion and disorientation among marine life which irrevocably damages the oceanic environment. The proposed multi-billion dollar inter-island undersea electric cable would generate just such an electromagnetic disturbance on the ocean floor.
Most concerning is that this would occur directly through the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Despite the tremendous concern this raises the project is presently being fast-tracked through the environmental and public review process.
Such a shortcut is reckless and unwarranted. Thousands of North Pacific humpback whales travel to this sanctuary each year to mate, give birth, and nurse their young. This whale is listed as the fourth most endangered and in need of our protection.
It is not the only endangered animal to take refuge in the sanctuary either. Along with several species of sea turtle and dolphin there is the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal– considered one of the rarest marine mammals in the world at present. The sanctuary was created to afford these animals safety and security; something that cannot be circumvented when it is convenient.
The existence of the cable is not the only concern either. The process of laying said high voltage cable would require the dynamiting of the Molokai Reef, the largest and most pristine coral reef north of Australian waters. Only two percent of the world’s oceans are home to coral reefs, and that number is dwindling at an alarming rate. This reef should be fostered and protected not demolished to make way for a construction project.
Public opinion has shown to be decisively against this project as over 97% of those polled on Molokai were opposed to the cable. This is a reason to give pause and consider if the project should ever occur, not serve as a reason to shortcut proper procedure for fear of backlash from public and environmental reviews.
I strongly urge you, please cancel this project for the safety of the sanctuary’s marine wildlife as well as the Molokai Reef itself.
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