Don’t Deafen Thousands of Marine Mammals

Oil Rig Explosion

Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida

Goal: Do not use seismic blast testing to locate oil off of Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Governor Rick Scott supports oil companies performing seismic blast testing in Florida’s Atlantic waters, even though experts estimate that several thousand marine mammals would be adversely affected by it. If something is not done to stop this, many animals will soon be dead.

Oil can be located in the ocean by means of seismic blast testing. This testing is performed by shooting an air gun under water numerous times. Guns blast for months nonstop, and they are so loud marine mammals oftentimes strand themselves after going deaf from the noise.

Offshore drilling simply isn’t worth it when one considers that doing so only produces a very small amount of oil. In fact, the amount of oil that can be drilled in a 20-year time period is less than one percent of what the entire world is capable of producing within the same time frame.

Furthermore, several viable natural energy alternatives could be utilized. For example, cellulosic ethanol made from plant fibers can produce 133 million barrels of oil per year. Using this method also greatly reduces gas emissions that release tons of pollutants into the air. In addition, such a method releases less heat into the atmosphere and therefore reduces global warming.

Sign this petition and let Governor Scott know that our oceans and marine mammals are too important to destroy only for the purpose of possibly finding a miniscule amount of oil. If natural alternatives are not utilized soon, it is highly likely that one day these beautiful waters will be gone forever.


Dear Governor Scott,

After doing extensive research government officials have admitted that using seismic blasting to test for oil off the coast of Florida would harm no less than 138,000 marine mammals. If this procedure takes place many of those animals will die.

Noise that occurs from seismic blasts are as loud as a jet engine. Even worse, blasts continue for months at a time, making it so several marine mammals become confused, go deaf, and eventually strand themselves.

Drilling for oil offshore produces less than one percent of what the world is capable of producing within the same time period. Searching for oil is not even worth it when one considers that a large explosion may result from trying to extract a small amount.

Despite what some people claim, environmentally friendly alternatives can be utilized. For instance, cellulosic ethanol is produced from plant fibers that greatly reduces pollutants and—in turn—reduces global warming. Consumers would also save approximately 5.6 billion dollars per year if this method was used, which would likely help to greatly boost the economy.

For all of these reasons I urge you to not encourage oil companies to perform seismic blast testing off the coast of Florida, and to suggest safer alternatives be explored. If something is not done today, our oceans will likely not be around for our kids to enjoy tomorrow.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Janet Shock says:

    Geez, that governor, Scott of Florida, is something else!! First he bans freedom of speech by not allowing his administrators to say the words “climate change” or “global warming”… Now he wants off shore blasting to check for oil………Outrageous!!!

  2. Heather Brophy says:


  3. Linda Amundson says:

    This may not win me any points (I don’t care), but Gov. Scott seems like he’d sell out his mother if it meant more oil $$$$. Get out of denial for your kids & grandkids’ sake, Gov. They will blame you one day soon for not protecting part of the earth when you–personally–could, no matter how much money they inherit from you.

  4. Larry Coke says:

    Ocean waters have an economic value and Florida’s
    main industry is tourism, not oil drilling. It makes
    no sense environmentally or economically to mess up
    the coast and risk irreversible damage.

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