US government considering seismic testing proposal, nearly 140,000 whales and dolphins at risk

by Phil Kline

May 6, 2013

Grey whales breed and give birth in San Ignacio Lagoon which attracts tourists from around the world who come to observe this unique spectacle.

© Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá

138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured and possibly killed

It was only a couple months ago that Greenpeace celebrated a big victory on the West Coast when the California Coastal Commission voted to deny the Navy permission to conduct seismic testing in the Pacific Ocean, risking the lives of whales, dolphins and other marine life.

Now we’re up against a similar fight on the East Coast.

The Obama administration is considering allowing the use of deadly seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas under the ocean floor, the first harmful step toward expanding dangerous offshore drilling to the Atlantic. The U.S. Department of the Interior estimates that 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured and possibly killed along the East Coast if these tests are allowed to go through. These blasts are 100,000 times louder than a jet engine, and they will happen every 10 seconds for months.

Tell President Obama to protect marine life from seismic blasts from oil and gas exploration before May 15!

Underwater DolphinsTed Danson is one actor that deserves a huge round of applause for his work promoting ocean conservation. He has sponsored a White House petition to stop this devastating proposal in the Atlantic region.

You can add your voice to thousands of others asking President Obama to protect our oceans from this needless destruction. It will take you a couple of minutes to fill out the petition because its an official White House web form. However, its well worth your time to help us force the White House to issue a public response.

The marine conservation community including International Fund for Animal Welfare, National Resources Defense Council, Oceana and many other groups are united and working collaboratively on stopping the Obama Administration from permitting this seismic testing. Oceana has produced a very comprehensive report on this proposed Atlantic seismic testing.Learn more about how Greenpeace has investigated seismic airgun surveys and ocean noise pollution for many years.

The White House has committed to respond to every petition that gets more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days. We need to get 100,000 petitions by May 15, and with your voice we’re one step closer.

These seismic airgun blasts will injure some of the last surviving North Atlantic right whales. Seismic airguns also scare away fish and could pose a risk to East Coast fisheries, which are home to 200,000 jobs and nearly $12 billion in economic activity each year. We need to convince the Obama administration not to do this.

Add you voice to protect marine life!

Phil Kline

By Phil Kline

Phil is a senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace USA. He is a recognized expert on oceans policy domestically and internationally, and has represented Greenpeace U.S. at International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meetings around the globe.

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