Dear Member of Congress:
As a concerned American, I’m writing to you in opposition to seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean.
I stand with the more than 120 East Coast communities, over 1,200 elected officials, and an alliance representing over 41,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families that have formally opposed offshore drilling and/or seismic airgun blasting.
According to the Department of the Interior's own estimates, seismic airgun blasting off of the United States’ East Coast could disrupt the behavior of millions of marine mammals. These impacts would include disturbances to dolphins, whales and other species that depend on hearing to feed, communicate, mate and thrive. Proposed seismic airgun blasting would also threaten endangered species, like the North Atlantic right whale, of which there are only about 500 left. If seismic airgun blasting moves forward, it will put these majestic creatures in even greater peril.
Additionally, coastal economies could feel the loss of revenue as commercial fish species are impacted by seismic airgun blasts.
Finally, by issuing draft Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) for seismic airgun blasting, the federal government is taking one more step toward exposing the Atlantic Ocean, coastal communities and a multitude of marine life to the impacts of coastal industrialization, chronic oil spills, and the looming risk of another BP Deepwater Horizon-like disaster.
Please stop seismic airgun blasting from moving forward in the Atlantic and protect our coast.