Elizabeth Fleming, Defenders of Wildlife’s Florida Representative, talks about potential impacts of the Gulf oil disaster on Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.
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Laurie Macdonald, Florida Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife, talks with refuge managers at St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge about potential impacts of the Gulf offshore oil drilling disaster… and what they are doing to protect the plovers and other wildlife that rely on this refuge.
One month after the Gulf oil spill disaster began, 14 major environmental groups joined together on a letter asking President Obama to ban offshore drilling in places off U.S. coasts that are not currently being drilled. One month after the BP Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, the well is continuing to gush thousands of barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. The groups called on the President to reverse his previously announced policy of expanding drilling off Florida, the Atlantic coast and Alaska and instead ban drilling in these places. The President has the authority to ban drilling in new areas through a Presidential withdrawal.
On the 30-day anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that has led to what may be one of the worst environmental disasters this country has ever seen, Defenders of Wildlife takes a look at 20 ways the oil industry and our federal government have failed to keep us safe from the dangers that offshore oil and gas drilling poses to wildlife and coastal habitats. We also recommend 10 ways that Congress and the administration can make changes that could help prevent future oil catastrophes and mitigate the impacts of the current crisis.
The waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida’s Atlantic coast are home to five species of sea turtles: green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead and Kemp’s ridley. All are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The oil gushing from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig poses several additional threats to the already precarious existence of these rare creatures.