Target: President Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Don’t risk destroying valuable ecosystems and resources by drilling off the coast of North Carolina’s beaches.
The waters near Cape Point, NC are home to many marine animals, some of which include dolphins, swordfish, birds and even endangered sea turtles. However, drilling for oil and gas in North Carolina’s oceans may soon become reality, which would risk the lives of marine animals and the stability of the ocean’s ecosystems.
Many people consider North Carolina’s oceans to be a great place to drill for resources, as animals have died and piled up into sediment over millions of years, naturally creating oil and gas deposits. President Obama and Secretary Ken Salazar are specifically considering allowing oil companies to drill on the mid Atlantic continental shelf. Drilling would encompass 64 million acres of ocean area. It would be the first time in history North Carolina’s oceans ever underwent this type of devastation, as drilling has never before been done in these waters. Between the eco-systems and marine animals that would have to try and later recoup, it would be a long road to recovery, if any. Fishing and tourism industries would also be adversely affected, as nobody wants to eat fish that comes from dirty waters, and nobody wants to swim in polluted oceans.
If a vessel were to spill, or a well were to leak while the drilling was taking place, the harm caused to the environment would end up being even worse. This was proven when BP spilled oil into the Gulf of Mexico just a few years ago. Oil leaked for 87 days until it was finally capped. Unfortunately, many experts think the oil is still leaking.
Don’t let this happen to North Carolina’s oceans. Sign this petition and let President Obama and Secretary Salazar know that our resources are too valuable to destroy. It’s time to start looking into natural energy if we have any chance of preserving our planet for future generations.
Dear President Obama,
North Carolina waterways are home to many marine animals, including endangered sea turtles and dolphins. If drilling takes place in North Carolina’s oceans, animals will quickly die off. Valuable ecosystems will also be destroyed.
These oceans are not only home to various types of marine life and ecosystems, they are also very important to two of North Carolina’s main industries, tourism and fishing. If drilling is allowed to take place in North Carolina’s oceans for no less than five years, it is highly likely that tourists will stop coming to visit the beautiful beaches North Carolina has to offer. Local restaurants and seafood stores will also likely be hurt, since fish caught will come from polluted waters.
In addition, it is completely possible that a vessel will spill oil or gas that was pumped, or even that a well will leak. This has been seen in the past with both BP and Exxon. In fact, over 30,000 animals were either hurt or killed in the BP oil spill. We simply cannot afford to take another such risk, even if extra precautions are taken. For these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to encourage lawmakers to look into natural energy options, instead of destroying our precious ocean resources. There is no telling how adversely our kids’ lives will be affected in the future when there are no natural resources left to either protect or enjoy.
[Your Name Here]
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