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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Marine Photobank