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Help Prevent Another Exxon Valdez Spill

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The devastating effects of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill

are still being felt 20 years later. Thousands of

animals were killed immediately after the spill, but

the destruction lingers: Several species, including the

sea otter, have not yet fully recovered to their

pre-spill populations.

Ensure we don't have another disaster like

Exxon-Valdez >>

http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AFlwM/zjZ2/ANR12

Researchers estimate that as much as 40 percent of the

sea otters who lived in Alaska's Prince William Sound

died as a result of the Exxon-Valdez spill. And high

mortality rates of juvenile sea otters occurred for

years after the disaster.

Indeed, the sea otter population continues to decline

in heavily oiled areas of the spill like Knight Island,

likely because of chronic exposure to hydrocarbons from

the Exxon-Valdez disaster. Sea otters forage for food

in locations still harboring oil from the spill,

perpetuating their exposure to the harmful oil.

Instead of opening the door to more Exxon-style

disasters, we should be embracing the clean energy

solutions that will keep our beaches and marine life

intact and will help combat global warming. America's

coasts and marine waters provide sanctuary for fish and

wildlife like sea otters. Offshore drilling would

industrialize our coasts and put our coastal

communities at risk.

Tell Secretary Salazar: The cure for our dangerous oil

addiction is not in seeking a bigger fix by drilling

the few remaining protected places >>

http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AFlwM/zjZ2/ANR12

Thank you,

LiAnna

Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team


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