With Trump's energy policy promising to lead to a rapid expansion of the U.S. fossil fuel industry, we must speak up quickly and loudly to protect the Gulf of Mexico's whales and dolphins from the harm they suffer from seismic surveys.
Seismic exploration surveys use arrays of high-powered airguns to search for oil. The sonic blasts from these guns, which can exceed 250 decibels and be heard for miles, can permanently deafen marine mammals -- and a deaf whale is a dead whale. The blasts also disturb essential behaviors such as feeding and breeding, mask communications between individual animals, and reduce catch rates of commercial fish.
As a result of a settlement secured by the Center and allies, the federal government recently disclosed previously hidden data about the harmful impacts of offshore oil and gas surveys on marine mammals. The news is alarming: Over the course of the next 10 years, whales and dolphins will be injured and harassed by oil surveys up to 31.9 million times.
Marine mammals have already suffered from inadequate regulation of offshore oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico. For decades seismic surveys have harmed marine mammals in violation of environmental laws. These whales and dolphins have also suffered habitat loss and injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Their populations cannot survive business as usual.
Take action now: Call on the federal government to protect the Gulf's marine mammals from being bombarded by deafening oil and gas seismic surveys.
November 26, 2016 Action Alert ID# 453
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