Partner Spotlight – Oceana

http://usa.oceana.org/

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices around the world work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that will help make our oceans more bio diverse and abundant.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is considering opening a large swath of the Atlantic to offshore oil and gas exploration  and offshore drilling. Oceana has worked for the past 3 years to prevent the dangerous use of seismic airguns used to search for oil and gas off our Atlantic coast, and the drilling it could lead to. Seismic airguns are so loud that they can disturb, injure and even  kill marine life.

Since Oceana began working to stop this threat to marine life, 109 East Coast municipalities, 101 Members of Congress, more than 700 state and local elected officials, and roughly 1,100 business interests have all publically opposed offshore drilling and/or seismic blasting, citing threats to marine life, coastal communities and local economies. Along the Atlantic coast, nearly 1.4 million jobs and over $95 billion in gross domestic product rely on healthy ocean ecosystems, mainly through fishing, tourism and recreation.

Seismic airgun blasting, the process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor, is also being considered for an area twice the size of California, stretching all the way from Delaware to Florida. President Obama needs to hear from the people who will be most affected by seismic blasting and offshore drilling — and that’s where you come in. We have some great momentum, but we’re only going to #StopTheDrill if more of us take up the call, and urge your elected officials to #ProtectOurCoast.  You can help your city pass a resolution opposing this threat. Learn more here: http://usa.oceana.org/seismic-airgun-testing/pass-resolution-your-town-or-city-step-step-guide

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