Protect Our Marine Ecosystems From Offshore Oil Spills

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Originally Posted: September 9, 2008

Protect Our Marine Ecosystems From Offshore Oil Spills

From Defenders of Wildlife 

Target: U.S. Minerals Management Service

The Bush/Cheney Administration has launched an all-out push to line our coasts with oil rigs that would pollute our waters, threaten dolphins and other marine wildlife and wreck coastal economies.

According to federal energy officials, such drilling will have "no significant" impact on prices at the gas pump. But offshore drilling contaminates water, routinely spilling oil and toxic liquids into our oceans and releasing hazardous fumes into our air. It would have a significant impact on dolphins, sea turtles and other marine wildlife that need healthy oceans.

The danger of contamination is even greater in waters prone to tropical storms and hurricanes. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita resulted in 124 separate spills and more than 740,000 gallons of petroleum products spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and fragile wetlands.

We only have until September 15th to stop this awful plan! Please sign our letter below urging the Minerals Management Service to shelve the Bush/Cheney proposal for more harmful offshore drilling.

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