Then tell the Obama Administration to stop the Apache Alaska Corporation from launching a deafening airgun attack that could help push these white whales over the brink of extinction.
The explosive noise of airguns used to explore for oil and gas can deafen, injure and even kill whales.
Yet Apache is preparing to launch an acoustic onslaught in the belugas’ only home in the world. Even worse: the Obama Administration has just given Apache the green light to proceed.
These sonic blasts will repeat every 10 to 12 seconds -- and could last 3 to 5 years! The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) predicts that the airguns will harm at least 30 belugas during the first year of Apache’s operations alone. After three years, those harmed would equal one third of all the Cook Inlet belugas left on Earth.
It’s outrageous that the Obama Administration would allow Apache to proceed with this potentially lethal operation in the midst of whale habitat the government is supposed to be protecting.
It was only four years ago that you and I prevailed on the Obama Administration to put these belugas on the endangered species list and then designate 3,000 square miles of Cook Inlet as “critical habitat.”