Protect the Clubshell Mussel from Extinction

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect the endangered clubshell mussel from extinction at the hands of natural gas pipeline.

The clubshell mussel’s facing extinction due to a proposed 600 mile natural gas pipeline that will cut through its habitat. Sign the petition to demand the species’ protection.

Dominion Energy and Duke Energy are proposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600 mile pipeline that will cut through numerous states, including West Virginia. However, the area of West Virginia that will be affected is home to the clubshell mussel. The species will be smothered by sediment during construction. Seventy have already died when attempts were made to move them.

The mussel is an indicator species. Their health indicates the health of the water around them. When they die, it means that the streams are not healthy and filled with too much sediment. Sign the petition to demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service do its duty to protect the species and force the pipeline to change its route.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Skipwith,

The clubshell mussel is facing imminent extinction. If the 600 mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is approved, the species will be smothered by sediment. West Virginia will lose a valuable indicator species, one that sends a warning signal about the health of the environment. To lose it could spell disaster for numerous other species intertwined in its habitat.

I ask that you do your duty to protect the nation’s at-risk species. Order Dominion and Duke Energy to move their pipeline so that the fragile habitat of the clubshell mussel is not disturbed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: USFWS Endangered Species




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