It’s been one year now since the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico – costing eleven people their lives and eventually releasing nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the marine ecosystem.
accident was a horrible example of the risks that oil companies like BP
are willing to take with our national treasures just to make a profit
and that they do it with the backing of our government. And while it
will take years to fully understand the impacts the disaster had on the
Gulf, one thing is clear: our lack of a comprehensive national ocean policy failed us a year ago.
We have just one week to let the Obama
administration know that the new national ocean policy they’re writing
must include restrictions on offshore drilling, especially in the
Arctic. Sign your name to the letter we’ll be delivering by clicking the take action button below.
That can change. Right now, the Obama administration is in the process of developing a new National Ocean Policy. They’re
testing the waters to see how engaged the voting public is on this
issue by allowing for public comments up until April 27th. I will be
writing a letter on behalf of Greenpeace and submitting it as part of
the process and I’d love it if you joined me by signing on to the letter
me and sign on to our letter to the President’s National Ocean Council
calling for an end to all new drilling and the establishment of marine
Your signature will send a message to the
Obama administration that the public is still paying attention and that
the dead turtles and dolphins still washing up along the Gulf coast one
year after the disaster are not an acceptable side effect of our
reliance on unsafe offshore drilling.
It’s time we had a
national ocean policy that is for the oceans and all who use them – and
not just big businesses looking to make a profit. We can’t afford
another BP Deepwater disaster.
But you can bet that the oil companies are going to do everything they can to keep doing business as usual. We can’t let them be the only voice heard in this process. Help us get 40,000 signatures before April 27th by signing today.
Together we’ll send a message to the Obama administration that we want a
national ocean policy that doesn’t include disasters like the one in
the Gulf last year.
For the oceans,
Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Director