Investigate Natural Gas Leak That Threatens Endangered Species

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Investigate natural gas leak in Alaska.

Over 200,000 cubic feet of natural gas is currently leaking into the Gulf of Alaska from an underwater pipeline each day. The pipeline owner, Hilcorp, has refused to stop the flow of gas, citing equipment and personnel safety concerns. A failure to address the situation may endanger protected species, local ecology and water quality.

The waters around the pipeline are the home of Beluga whales and Stellar Sea Lions, both of which have been designated as endangered species. Several other species in the area are considered “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Leaked natural gas threatens these organisms as absorption of gas can significantly disrupt the function of internal organs.

Hilcorp has established a pattern of non-compliance with environmental regulations and enforcement actions. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has cited the company 13 times since 2013 for faulty equipment, insufficient safety protocols and lack of internal oversight. Numerous fines have also been issued for the failure to correct issues listed in citations.

It is clear that Hilcorp will not amend its business practices without significant action from the federal government. Please sign the below petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to launch an investigation into the Gulf of Alaska natural gas leak.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

I am writing to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency investigate the natural gas leak in Alaska. Over 200,000 cubic feet of gas is currently leaking into the Gulf of Alaska each day, threatening several endangered wildlife species.

The pipeline owner, Hilcorp, has been fined numerous times for failing to correct faulty equipment or implement adequate safety measures. As administrator for the EPA, you have a responsibility to hold those companies accountable since they are unresponsive to state regulatory agencies.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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10 Comments

  1. It’s just outrageous how these big oil and gas corporations get away with their DEVASTATION of the land and sea. Hilcorp should be ordered to IMMEDIATELY shut off their flow of gas, and they should be IMMEDIATELY investigated.
    Scott Pruitt is BEHOLDEN to big oil and gas, so the only way he will act is if he is PRESSURED to act.

    • Thanks for taking the time to talk about this, I feel strongly about it and enjoy finding out far more on this topic. If possible, as you acquire knlodewge, would you thoughts updating your blog with much more info? It is extremely helpful for me.

      • Sorry, not sure who you are talking to. I don’t have a blog, but you could go to oceana.org – they have a lot of info and a good blog on this topic.

  2. How come this is not on the front page of every news paper? Broadcast-ed in less that three sentences on TV? Not one words spoken a about by politicians?
    Environmentalists are labelled by some politicians as “terrorists”. So – how should we label such negligence?
    Eco-Terror? Corporate dictators?

  3. The SOBs put it there. Making billions. Their responsibility to fix it!! And keep the environment clean. This is why we should Not be drilling there. Duh!

  4. LOTS OF PETITIONS SIGNED ALREADY!
    NOTHING HAPPENED!
    KICK ALL OF THE PERSONS RESPONSIBLE OUT OF THEIR PROFESSION AND LET THEM PAY REPARATION TO FUTURE GENERATIONS!

    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

    BARBARIC, GREED AND BRAINLESS and not able to think human?

  5. Lilian Caughlin says:

    Maybe switch management teams to come up with an answer.
    ‘can’t do’ is unamerican.

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared

  7. Signed & shared — continue fighting — we MUST protect our planet, our animals, our people

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