Thursday, July 2, 2009
"U.S. Senate Committee Scraps Florida Drilling Protections
2006 Compromise Betrayed as Oil Rigs Allowed as Close as 45 Miles
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted today to remove Florida’s unique and critical protections against offshore oil and gas drilling. The amendment, offered by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), revokes long-term protections against Eastern Gulf drilling within 125 miles of Pensacola and 250 miles from Tampa Bay and replaces it with a buffer just 45 miles from Florida’s coastline, effective immediately.
“We’re deeply disappointed that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee broke its promise to Florida,” said Environment Florida Advocate Adam Rivera. “This is a cautionary tale not to compromise with oil companies and their allies in Congress, since such compromises will not be upheld for long.”
The 2006 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act put in place current protections for Florida’s federal waters, which last until 2022. The Dorgan Amendment, which was adopted by a margin of 13-10, also opens the “Destin Dome,” long sought after by oil and gas interests, a mere 25 miles from the coast of Pensacola.
Florida would bear huge risk from increased drilling, while receiving a negligible reward. Based on the experience of other Gulf drilling operations, small spills—like the 500 gallon spill off a Louisiana rig in June 2006 that killed hundreds of endangered pelicans in a National Wildlife Refuge—would be common if Florida’s coastal and marine waters were opened to drilling. A catastrophic"
"Drill off our coast? No way!
No amount of drilling off Florida’s coast is going to change the fact that our nation only has 3% of the world’s oil reserves, and that we consume 25% of the world’s oil supply.
Lifting the moratorium would not ease pain at the pump for average Americans.
Just last year, the president signed a bill to open 8 million acres to new drilling, and instead of going down, gas prices are now at an all time high.
Perhaps Gov. Crist underestimates how much we care, but that’s something we can remedy. Send an e-mail to the governor telling him to back off!"
"Clean Water Network of Florida, Inc."
The Clean Water Network of Florida is a Coalition of more than 155 groups that are committed to full implementation, enforcement and strengthening of the Clean Water Act and other safeguards of our water resources.
It includes a variety of organizations representing environmentalists, family farmers, recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, surfers, boaters, faith communities, neighborhood associations, environmental justice advocates, and civic associations."
Audubon of Florida News -
“Governor Crist’s decision to sign SB 2080 is disappointing,” said Audubon of Florida deputy director Eric Draper. “However, his direction to the water management districts to include water permits and environmental permits on governing board agendas preserves hope that the public may still be involved in important water resource decisions.”
FL GOV. CHARLIE CRIST HAS SOLD OUT WHAT'S LEFT OF FLORIDA TO DEVELOPERS.
SAY "GOODBYE" TO WETLANDS AND URBAN AREA'S.
SAY "HELLO" TO UNREGULATED 'URBAN SPRAWL'...
“We hope the Legislature reverses this travesty at the earliest opportunity” stated Charles Lee, Audubon’s Director of Advocacy. “The people have now been shut out of the room where the most important decisions about water will be made,” he concluded.
Audubon will call on the Legislature to repeal the offending section of law to preserve public access and public hearings on major water permits.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Wildlife Conservation Society reveals that some wild animal species are dying at similar rates. Tazmanian devils, turtles, whales, sea lions, dolphins and fish are some of the species shown in the study to be suffering from elevated rates of cancer, in some cases threatening the very survival of the species.
Initial reports suggested that the pig cull in Egypt was intended as a precaution against the spread of the ‘swine flu’ infection from pigs to humans.
It has now been revealed that the government had decided to remove these pigs from densely populated areas as long as a year ago, but seem to have been spurred into the current cruel course of action as news about swine flu started to spread.
Ignoring the experts
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has explicitly stated that culling is an inappropriate reaction to the outbreak of swine flu, as there is no known link between the flu and pigs.
A statement on the OIE website advises member countries ‘that the culling of pigs will not help to guard against public or animal health risks.’
Animal Liberation Links
- 'Dying to Learn': Exposing the supply of dogs and cats to higher education.
- Animal Concerns Community
- Animal Liberation Front
- ARCO's Abolitionists - A Vegan Forum • Index page
- Friends of Animals
- GAIA Global Action in the Interest of Animals
- Global Action Network - Living Cruelty Free
- Go Cruelty Free
- In Defense of Animals
- Moon Bears
- National Anti-Vivisection Society
- Pet-Abuse.Com - homepage
- SHARK - Animal Cruelty Investigations and Campaigns
- Total Liberation
- Undercover TV - exposing factory farming and the mistreatment of animals