Sea Turtles in Grave Danger from Oil Spill

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For almost a month now, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil continue to gush into the Gulf of Mexico each day.  The lives of sea turtles, tuna, sharks, dolphins, birds and other marine animals are being threatened by this toxic spill. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon.

The BP Drilling Disaster is a harsh reminder that offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous way to get energy. Protect our oceans and all the animals that call them home by taking action today.

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The explosion and spill couldn’t have happened at a worse time:
–    Several threatened and endangered sea turtle species nest in the Gulf of Mexico during the summer.
–    Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of the world’s most heavily overfished species, is currently spawning in the Gulf.
–    A large population of whale sharks, the biggest fish in the sea and threatened with extinction, spend their summer months in the northern Gulf.

BP and other oil companies would like you to believe that oil spills are rare accidents. The truth is that oil spills happen every single year, and when they do, local wildlife is threatened. Offshore drilling doesn’t translate to cheaper gas at the pump, but it does endanger wildlife.

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Help us build momentum and increase pressure on our elected officials to stop offshore drilling. Sign the petition and protect animals from these kinds of disasters in the future.

Jackie  SavitzFor the oceans,
Jackie Savitz
Senior Campaign Director, Pollution Campaigns
Oceana

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3 Responses to Sea Turtles in Grave Danger from Oil Spill

  1. The Destructionist says:

    While watching the latest news about the BP Oil spill, a frightening thought came to mind: what if we can’t stop the oil? I mean, what happens if after all the measures to cap the pipe fail, (i.e., “Top Hat”, “Small Hat” and “Top Kill”). What then? An accident this problematic is new territory for BP. The oil pipeline is nearly a mile down on the ocean floor, accessible only by robots. Add on top of that the extreme pressure at which the oil is flowing out of the pipeline and there you have it: the perfect storm.

    Moreover, scientists also claim that they’ve found an enormous plume of oil floating just under the surface of the ocean measuring approximately 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. (I’m no math genius, but I bet one of you reading this could figure out just how many barrels of oil that is…)

    There are new estimates that the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil a day: that’s a far cry from BP’s estimated 5,000 barrels a day. If BP’s estimates are correct, the total amount of oil now in the Gulf would be approximately 150,000 barrels (or 6,300,000 gallons). That’s barely enough to fill 286 swimming pools: sixteen feet, by thirty-two feet, by eight and a half feet deep. That wouldn’t cover an area the size of New York City, let alone an area the size of Delaware. Obviously, the spill is much larger than we are being led to believe. If the leak can’t be stopped, in a year’s time, we’ll have roughly 18,250,000 barrels of oil (or 766,500,000 gallons) in our oceans, killing our marine and animal wildlife. Such a calamity would be environmentally and economically disastrous. Pray that BP and our government work fast to end this catastrophe.

  2. Digital Dame says:

    Hi Destructionist,

    I’ve heard those same larger figures myself. It’s horrifying that there seems to have been no thought at all given to dealing with a disaster like this. They don’t seem to have any idea what to do, which to me is mind-boggling. I can’t get over the short-sightedness that lead to this. Surely they must have known that this kind of thing could happen, and if they didn’t, why not?

    I’ve had the same terrifying thought about what if they can’t do anything. It’s sickening beyond words.

  3. The Destructionist says:

    In light of the BP oil calamity it’s quite obvious that something must be done, and fast, if we are to save our world from corporations that would prefer to place huge profits above that of our environmental and financial welfare.

    As large corporations gobble up smaller corporations in an attempt to seize an even bigger piece of the global economic pie, it seems that businesses have been allowed to grow, unfettered, into unwieldy corporate behemoths (a.k.a., British Petroleum) with little, if any, regulations regarding their obligations to national sovereignties or allegiances.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I believe that if a corporation begins its “life” in a particular country, than it has an obligation to that country and its people: due in part to the patronage of its citizens throughout the years in helping that corporation to grow. When I hear about American businesses pulling up stakes and moving to other countries in lieu of cheaper labor and supplies elsewhere, I feel both embarrassed and betrayed. (They would be nothing if it weren’t for people like you and me. After all, we purchased their services, time and time again, fostering them constantly by giving them the opportunity to flourish. Our final reward for all our efforts? Millions of fellow Americans out of work, all desperately hoping that their unemployment benefits never run out.)

    I agree that the bad news is not just happening here in America, but around the globe. I blame that on the evolution of the business model: over the years, it has been compressed into a precise science in an effort to squeeze every last drop of profit out of the proverbial “bottom-line.” I began to notice the change in the late 1970’s when I was in my teens. Back then, it was a different world for me and I didn’t seem to care too much. Today however, it is a different story.

    What can we collectively do as Americans?

    Contact your representatives in the House and Senate. Let them know that

    big business should be regulated and ask them to enact laws to:

    1.Ensure that all corporations “born” within the United States deter from any and all actions that would adversely affect our country;

    2.Place high tariffs on imports from American businesses that move their bases of operations (not to mention our jobs) to other regions of the world;

    3.Work to limit their corporate power and influence in Washington D.C. by passing laws whereby politicians, found to have ties with said corporations or corporate lobbyists resign.

    4.Endeavor to ban all corporate favors and corporate lobbyists from Washington D.C.

    Essentially, it’s up to us to fashion our own future. If we don’t, rest assured that someone, or some corporation will.

    •(I know that BP was not born and reared here in the United States. I was merely using it as a reference as to what corporations are capable of doing if left to their own devices.)

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