Suspend Oil Drilling After Another Massive Spill

Oil Spill

Target: U.S. President Barack Obama

Goal: Halt all oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after yet another spill pumped 90,000 gallons of oil into the water.

A Shell oil facility just leaked nearly 90,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico’s waters just a few years after the massive BP oil spill that’s still having negative effects on the environment, marine species, and local economies. The United States Coast Guard claims the that two-mile by 13-mile spill has been contained, but that won’t stop it from poisoning the ecosystem and having lasting effects on fish and other animals in the gulf.

Oil spills are devastating on marine environments. It’s become increasingly clear that oil drilling companies can’t be trusted to prevent disasters like this from happening. The only way to allow the Gulf of Mexico to truly recover from the massive damage imposed on it by these spills, all drilling operations need to be suspended indefinitely. This will also improve the lives of the people in coastal communities in the area that have been hurt by a decrease in their ability to fish and a devastated tourism industry.

Our dependence on oil is already being replaced by cleaner methods of energy production, so it’s beyond time to end oil extraction. Sign our petition to demand that President Obama do everything in his power to ensure that all oil drilling operations in the gulf are ended until the area can actually recover from these spills–preferably forever.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

As you should be aware, yet another oil spill has occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly 90,000 gallons of crude oil gushed into the waters due to a leak in one of the Shell oil facilities. This comes too soon after the massive BP oil spill that devastated the marine ecosystem and local coastal economies.

It’s become clear that oil corporations can’t be trusted to prevent oil spills like this from happening. This is unacceptable considering the long term impacts that crude oil has on the environment and the animals and humans that depend on it. I’m sure you’ve heard of the studies that have confirmed that fish and other marine animals are still being affected by the BP oil spill. Plus, coastal economies are still trying to recover from the loss of fishing income and tourism.

The only real solution is to end all oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico until the environment actually has time to recover. If this means that no oil corporations are ever allowed to drill there again, all the better. It’s time to end our reliance on oil and make the switch to sustainable energy sources. Please do whatever is necessary to halt all drilling in the Gulf of Mexico indefinitely.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Marine Photobank

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14 Comments

  1. Barbara Tomlinson says:

    LEAVE ALL FILTHY FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND. FOREVER.
    To avert Climate CATASTROPHE due to Global Warming.
    Leave the OIL IN THE SOIL;
    Leave the COAL IN THE HOLE;
    Leave the TAR SANDS IN THE LAND.
    And NO FRACKING ANYWHERE, EVER!
    This shall be Environmentalists’ MANTRA:
    LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND.
    STOP THE *SUICIDE ECONOMY*
    of GLOBAL CORPORATE CAPITALISM.

  2. END THE DRILLING FOR OIL NOW. IT IS DISASTER FOR THE MARINE LIFE NOW.

  3. HOW many times does drilling in the Gulf of Mexico have to lead to disaster before it is banned?

    The local fishing industry is now a memory, and with it the jobs of many hardworking people…….not to speak of the toll on animals, birds, etc who live in the Gulf…..

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  5. The WiZaRd says:

    Personally, I’d go a step further and ban ALL fossil fuel completely and invest into clean renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and other clean sustainable resources that would last us for eons.

  6. Obama’s gotta have shit for brains to allow continual oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after this monumental cock-up by Shell! Don’t these morons ever learn from their mistakes? Or are they just too consumed by the desire to make more money whilst in power no matter the consequences on the environment? Sick and sad at the same time. Signed.

  7. M Leybra says:

    No details & not covered in national public media, why?

  8. E. Cambridge says:

    Seem to remember reading somewhere where a person dumped the motor oil from their car behind their house. The city was knocking on his door within the day to say that that was NOT allowed. It harmed the ground water supply. So, why are there two sets of standards? When it comes to big business, they can do a lot worse than that and agencies who are supposed to be protecting the environment look the other way? This hypocrisy has to be stopped. NOW. It’s is not big business that controls everything and it’s not government agencies. It’s the everyday taxpayer who buys what they sell, votes in who they vote in(and whom they can, just as easily, vote out) and whose salaries they pay. These agencies aren’t as independent as they think and it’s time the taxpayer let them know that.

  9. michael guest says:

    Enough is enough! Any more drilling will go from bad to worse. This latest oil disaster spells more big trouble for the Gulf of Mexico. We can’t afford to have any more man-made catastrophes that would put the oceans and the wildlife in danger. Please get reject any more offshore drilling, and get them off the table for good. Keep all fossil fuels in the ground where they should be. This is very important.

  10. BP STILL HAVEN’T FINISHED CLEARING UP THEIR MESS YET FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. I HEAR THEY HAVE LEFT A GLOBULE OF OIL THE SIZE OF AN ISLAND ON THE SEA BED THERE. WHAT A ROTTEN LOT YOU OIL FOLK SEEM TO BE.

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