Expanded Offshore Drilling Threatens Wildlife

Expanded Offshore Drilling Threatens Wildlife

Do you love our oceans and marine wildlife like sea turtles, whales, and dolphins? If so, you need to know about the Trump Administration’s plan 1 to dramatically expand drilling off America’s coasts.

The plan is a backwards-looking proposal that could spell disaster for thousands of our most beloved and imperiled animals off our Atlantic Coast 2 — to say nothing of expanded drilling’s threat to Arctic polar bears and imperiled wildlife elsewhere. 3 4

Expanded offshore drilling threatens wildlife. An oiled turtles, following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster

Animals at Risk from Expanded Offshore Drilling

Offshore drilling operations often use seismic testing to find drilling sites, emitting massive sound blasts that wreak havoc with already-imperiled whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and other marine life. 5 More drilling would also increase the risk of deadly oil spills that can poison the water and hurt its wildlife.

Here are just a few of the animals threatened by expanded offshore drilling…

 

How You Can Help Wildlife

Take action. Sign Environmental Action’s petition against dangerous offshore drilling.

Spread the Word. Social media is a fantastic way to build support for protecting our whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and other animals who need clean oceans and unpolluted coasts. Please share this graphic with your friends, family, and neighbors on Facebook and encourage them to get involved too:

Notes

1 Federal Register, May 3, 2017.

2 U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region. February 2014.

3 Alaska Dispatch News, Sept. 28, 2016.

4 Southern Environmental Law Center, 2015. Retrieved online June 14, 2017.

5 LiveScience, June 8, 2015.

6 The Pew Charitable Trusts, Sept. 1, 2013