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Protect Dolphins from the BP Oil Disaster‏

October 13, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Bottlenose dolphins are dying in unprecedented numbers in the region affected by the BP oil disaster.

Dolphins in the most heavily oiled areas are suffering from anemia, painful damage to their lungs and livers, and low hormone levels—symptoms that may have been caused by oil exposure.

Just last week, the trial to determine how much BP will pay in fines for damages caused by the oil spill resumed in federal court.

The dolphins’ recovery depends on those fines and penalties being used to restore the ecosystem and habitats where they live!

Help protect dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico—urge the Secretary of Commerce to make sure oil spill money is used to restore dolphin habitats.

Dead bottlenose dolphins continue to wash up on shores along the Gulf of Mexico and populations living closest to the oil spill were hit particularly hard. In fact, a study of dolphins off the coast of Louisiana concluded that the survival prospect for many is grim.

It’s been three years, but wildlife in the Gulf is still suffering.

It is crucial to make our voices are heard as decisions are already being made about where and how the BP restoration money will be spent.

Speak up for dolphins—urge the Secretary of Commerce to help wildlife in the Gulf.

It’s not only critical that BP be forced to pay fines that reflect the full magnitude of the damage done to wildlife in the Gulf, but also that the money goes toward restoring the Gulf of Mexico’s delicate ecosystem.

For dolphins to recover, environmental restoration must happen along the shorelines and beaches, in the wetlands and estuaries, and even in rivers and streams that feed the Gulf. Furthermore, we need to make sure the money is not used to subsidize coastal development that could cause further damage to habitats for dolphins and other species that live in the Gulf of Mexico.

If public pressure isn’t put on the Commerce Department now, BP’s penalties may not be used to restore habitat for dolphins and other wildlife. Even worse, some of the funds could be used on projects that could actually harm the Gulf ecosystem, like new highway and dredging projects and port expansions.

Please take action today to help protect dolphins from the terrible effects of the BP oil spill.

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