Target: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Goal: Enact offshore drilling safety measures.
After the oil BP oil spill in 2010 that dumped millions of gallons into the Gulf of Mexico and killed eleven people, there have been attempts to improve safety regulations. President Obama’s Oil Spill Commission has proposed offshore drilling safety measures in order to prevent another spill, but the Republican-dominated Congress has yet to approve them.
It is now five years later, and workers still are cleaning up tar balls and tar mats of BP oil along the coastal beaches of Florida and Louisiana. The National Wildlife Federation recently reported that there is significant damage to the health of about 20 marine species of plants and birds. The black crude that clogs the edges of the wasteland can still be seen today.
Another oil rig caught on fire in April 2015, reminding the United States that something this disastrous can happen again if precautions are not taken. Action needs to be taken, and Congress needs to work together to approve safety measures to protect the marine animals and the environment.The proposed measures focuses on requiring operators to install blowout preventers that would have more backup measures in case of an emergency.
Please sign the below petition to urge Congress to enact such safety measures. New safety measures for offshore drilling will create a safer world for people, animals, and will protect the earth.
Dear Senator Pelosi and Senator McCarthy,
Protecting the ocean and all the creatures in it should be a priority for the United States. The 2010 BP oil spill demonstrated to the world just how fragile the ecosystem is, and an event such as that affects the economy, puts human and animal lives at risk, and destroys precious coastal environments.
Despite President Obama’s Oil Spill Commission introducing new legislation to enact safety measures for offshore drilling, no changes have been made. Another oil rig recently caught fire, proving that another disastrous event could be in the near future if changes are not made.
Please take action to protect the environment and the creatures that live in it. Passing safety measures can only help everyone involved, and Congress needs to work together to make this happen.
[Your Name Here]
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