An Open Letter to the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry, Especially BP
From: Dan Zimmerman
Northcoast Ocean and River Protection Association (NORPA)
PO Box 1000
Trinidad, CA 95575
To: Ms. Renee Orr
Chief, Leasing Division
Minerals Management Service, MS 4010
381 Elden Street
Herndon, VA 20170-4817
Re: 2010-2015 Oil and Gas Leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf
Please accept these comments on behalf of myself and the Northcoast Ocean and River Protection Association. NORPA is an environmental organization who’s goals include stopping offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction from areas once covered under the Pacific OCS Moratoria, and preventing the continued destruction of fisheries habitat, especially salmonid spawning and rearing habitat, in inland waters.
The continental shelf, biota and ocean waters off the US Pacific Coast are jewels that are endangered. Fishing resources are depleted, ocean waters are warming and growing acidic, and the area is underlain with major fault systems near the breaking point. The prospect of extracting oil or gas in any form from this fragile ecosystem is both unsound and dangerous. The following comments will give clear evidence of the dangers involved.
ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS AND ISSUES OF CONCERN
Known ecological impacts from oil and gas exploitation are wide ranging and of great concern. These impacts can be divided into four basic categories; atmospheric, oceanic, geologic and biotic. There is also the potential for serious future impacts that are currently unknown. This is especially true for operations in the offshore environment, an area where research has only recently been carried out, and our understanding of oceanic processes is limited.
The following comments address impacts associated with the release of methane and other gases from oil and gas operations, the potential for earthquake induction, and the use of sonar for oil and gas detection. Impacts from oil spills, shipping and related infrastructure needs will not be addressed as these issues are well known and it is assumed will most likely be covered by other commenters.
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