Don’t Hide Destructive Impacts of Arctic Drilling on Wildlife

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

Goal: Update information on marine mammal populations that could aid in conservation efforts.

The federal government is once again putting Big Oil special interests ahead of the future of America’s wildlife. In service of its rush to sell off Arctic wildlife refuges to fossil fuel corporations, the Trump Administration is obscuring critical data about the animals most impacted by these reckless transactions. The withheld information could go a long way in helping conservation efforts for manatees, sea otters, walruses, and polar bears.

According to national law, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required to report population analyses of these animals on a regular basis. The Center for Biological Diversity, in a lawsuit directed at the agency, calls the assessment “woefully outdated.” They also charge the administration with trying to hide this data in order to avoid scrutiny about the tremendously adverse effect the proposed Arctic deals will have on these already-vulnerable populations. Previously, the agency had also delayed releasing findings of a study about the oil drilling’s impact on Arctic wildlife.

Sign the petition below to demand transparency and truth on information that could safeguard animals put at risk by a careless government.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Skipwith,

You are willfully violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act, first by delaying the results of a study on effects of oil drilling on Arctic wildlife. Now, you are refusing to release other critical information regarding population assessments of polar bears, sea otters, manatees, and walruses. It seems hardly a coincidence that these very animals may be most detrimentally impacted by oil spills.

Your duty and your oath is to this nation’s real most precious natural resources, not to profiteering companies or opportunistic politicians. It should not take a lawsuit to compel you to do the right thing. Do not work in the interests of destruction, but help scientists work toward preservation instead. Update and release all relevant information immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joel Garlich Miller

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  1. Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Update information on marine mammal populations that could aid in conservation efforts.

    Vile and evil Trump again destroying everything that protects the precious and helpless Wildlife. He is the most corrupt and lying President America has ever had.

    The federal government is once again putting Big Oil special interests ahead of the future of America’s wildlife. In service of its rush to sell off Arctic wildlife refuges to fossil fuel corporations, the Trump Administration is obscuring critical data about the animals most impacted by these reckless transactions. The withheld information could go a long way in helping conservation efforts for manatees, sea otters, walruses, and polar bears.

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