Target: Bob Perciasepe, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Limit seismic air gun testing and help preserve delicate oceanic ecosystems for future generations.
Seismic air gun testing is a process that allows drilling companies to see into the Earth’s crust beneath the ocean and find deposits of gas or oil for offshore drilling. During the process, a boat tows a massive gun behind it and shoots a mechanism through the water miles down into the seabed. The mechanism then sends back data on the make up of the Earth’s crust below the surface. Not only does this process promote dangerous offshore drilling, but also the shot itself drastically disturbs aquatic life. According to government estimates, the proposed air gun testing in the Atlantic will injure 138,500 whales and dolphins and greatly disturb the welfare of millions more—including those that the fishing industry depends on. As a result, the use of seismic air gun testing should be greatly limited and used only with extreme caution.
Air gun blasts directly cause the abandonment of habitats, disruption of mating and feeding routines, and even death—especially of fish eggs and young larvae. If the welfare of oceanic ecosystems is not enough, the consequences of utilizing air guns drastically affect the fishing industry as well. Following seismic surveys, catch rates of cod declined by 40 to 80 percent within thousands of miles of the blast.
Though the use of air gun testing is necessary for offshore drilling, which has already been approved by the U.S. government, it should not be used lightly. Please sign this petition and speak for the aquatic life that cannot.
Dear Mr. Perciasepe,
The use of seismic air gun testing to find oil and gas deposits for offshore drilling is being abused in this country. Government estimates determined 138,500 whales and dolphins will be directly effected by the proposed seismic testing in the Atlantic this year. In addition, these large blasts required to send mechanisms into the earth’s crust will drastically decrease the welfare of millions more. Oceanic ecosystems are so delicate and so important to not only the US economy, but also the world environment. Seismic testing must be more highly regulated and tightly restricted.
Air gun blasts can lead to the abandonment of habitats, disrupt mating and feeding routines, and can even kill—especially fish eggs and young larvae. Over-utilizing air guns drastically affects the fishing industry as well. Following seismic surveys, catch rates of cod declined by 40 to 80 percent for thousands of miles.
Though a necessary evil, air gun testing must be greatly limited in order to protect our precious oceans and their irreplaceable ecosystems.
[Your Name Here]
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