Protect Whales from Oil Drilling

Target: Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy

Goal: Stop oil drilling in the Canary Islands and create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins

In early October, oil and gas company Repsol will begin exploratory drilling in the Canary Islands in an attempt to bolster the Spanish economy. Environmentalists and locals in Spain are calling foul on this practice, as the drilling could devastate not only the tourism economy, but also the rich population of whales and dolphins who call this place their home. Tell the Spanish government to stop this oil prospecting and instead create a sanctuary to protect these wild and majestic creatures.

The waters off of the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are jeopardized by oil drilling. One-third of the world’s cetacean species call this place home, and the possibility of an oil spill, loud noises, and contamination could devastate all species. A vast majority of Spanish citizens oppose oil drilling, stating their love for the environment and wildlife, and expressing concern toward tourism. In 2011, several whales in the region were found dead from noise pollution and other factors. These deaths inspired the environmental minister to pitch the idea of making the waters a protected sanctuary—an idea that has rallied many citizens.

Unfortunately, Spain’s own Supreme Court threw out many challenges, as the country is eager to jump-start its economy. Spain relies heavily on tourists to drive the economy, and while many citizens understand this, the government doesn’t seem to. Respol is trying to calm citizens, stating that it is only looking for oil in the area. If oil is found, Respol claims it will openly discuss what is to be done with concerned citizens and government officials.

Respol is only concerned with profits, but many citizens are concerned for their economy and the lives of whales. While the company can claim that it is merely looking for oil, it will no doubt pursue drilling if oil is found. Respol does not care for the whales and dolphins in the area, and it seems like the government doesn’t either. Urge the Prime Minister of Spain to stop oil prospecting, and instead create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins.


Dear Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy,

I urge you to stop oil prospecting in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. These waters are home to one-third of the world’s whales and dolphins, and if oil prospecting were to occur here, it would endanger their lives. Furthermore, oil drilling would hurt your nation’s economy, as it is mainly driven by tourism. If the whales and dolphins were to die because of the noise pollution and oil spills, it would no doubt cause severe harm for your nation’s economy.

Many of your citizens are against oil prospecting, and it baffles me that your Supreme Court would even consider backing this endeavor. While I understand that your economy is struggling, it does not give your government the right to harm living creatures. Consider the harm you will be doing not only to your whales and dolphins, but to the environment and your people if you pursue oil drilling.


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  1. Since we had the big disaster with oil drilling off the gulf, we should have learned from that experience. BP has not paid for restoration. The restoration act was passed but never implemented. The marine life, as well as human economy, culture and environment are still reeling, and are going to continue in crisis. Tax payer money is still going toward restoration. So now we want to do this in several places down other US coasts? We should have learned our lesson already. Oil companies care about their money, not us or the environments we and animals we protect live in.

  2. Robert Pound says:

    Deafening marine mammals to satiate our insatiable thirst for more goddamn oil is an INDEFENSIBLE cruelty and shows our lack of creative and forward thinking that leaves our incredible, exceptional planet nothing more than an uninhabitable wasteland, filled with death and suffering. SHAME ON US if we can’t do better than this!

  3. Emily March says:

    Will Spain ever realise there is life beyond the human species on this earth,and…that it matters just as much?

  4. Michaele Kustudic says:

    The idea of deafening intelligent sentient sea mammals who rely very heavily on their sense of hearing for their survival is beyond appalling! Please, fellow humans, do everything in your power to help to convince your governments (including Spain’s, of course) that this kind of greed-drivrn cruelty will not be tolerated by their citizens.

  5. Cat Jefferson says:

    Perhaps Spain’s government officials should take a good look at what happens to an area ecologically and economically when a spill occurs. And no, you can’t say it won’t happen to us, because it eventually does happen!

  6. Alice Ahern says:

    Let’s do things right and protect our planet

  7. Gloria Allen says:

    My comments were just wiped out as soon as I finished typing. So short and sweet – no oil drilling in waters. There is too much of a margin for error and lack of accountability and oversight. No plan b to stop disasters. And who suffers???! The poor marine life.

  8. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  9. We understand enough by now about renewable energy sources to realize that we must stop disregarding the impacts to the environment of new exploitation of fossil fuels and that we must learn to live with less if we are to refrain from destroying our planet.

  10. Alexandre says:

    Do we have the right to destroy all life on earth and even then destroy a little bit more our beautiful planet for profit ???

  11. Cecily Colloby. says:

    Bugger the Spanish economy!! WHAT is WRONG with these braindead people???Will they not be happy ’til every last animal that shares the planet with us has been destroyed.It’s a terrifying thought that people like this actually live and breathe (more’s the pity) and are hell bent on the destruction of every other living thing-except, of course, themselves.The human race is the most disgusting and destructive thing on the planet and there seems to be no chance of THEM becoming extinct,unfortunately.

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