Jul 032012
 

This is a repost from an email message I received today. Please read and consider signing this petition.

Edited on 7/7/12 –  please read the comments on this post for links and references.  My apologies for excluding these links in my original post.

Thanks,
Meredith

The US Navy is required to include comments on their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) re: the use of high frequency underwater sound for testing in Hawaii, the California and Atlantic Coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico. According to their estimates it will deafen more than 15,900 whales and dolphins and kill 1,800 more over the next 5 years. Whales and dolphins depend on sound to navigate and live. Your signature and comment will have to be included in the EIS and could stop this Naval program, potentially saving the lives of these ocean creatures. The comments must be in by July 10, 2012.

That’s why I signed a petition to U.S. Navy EIS Comments.

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://signon.org/sign/navy-under-water-sound?source=s.em.mt&r_by=4878129

Print Friendly

  13 Responses to “US Navy Testing May Deafen and Harm Thousands of Whales & Dolphins”

  1. I would like to reply to the comment about “propaganda turning people against their country”.. It doesn’t turn people against their country, it does was this country was established to do, allow people to get involved in the government, and say something instead of just being told what to do and blindly following. I think that ReefTraveler has done a great service in doing some of the leg work here, and I thank her for that, and for being a well informed decision maker :0)

    • Thank you Stephanie. I appreciate your comment.

      I also want to state that I don’t necessarily agree with all of the language in the petition. I probably would have written it differently. However, I agree with the petition drafter’s intention. My husband found a slight error in the wording of the petition (the frequency of the testing is low rather than high), and he sent a message to the petitioner mentioning this find. She promptly wrote back and thanked him.

      Regardless, I am willing to listen to all viewpoints and statistics on the matter. I welcome polite debate.

  2. I would happily sign this if marine life are being injured but I can’t get enough info from the sites listed.
    At least I couldn’t find the environmental impact, only the navy’s statement about how careful they are. Is there an EPA or other source with numbers, etc?
    Thanks

  3. I have searched through tons of articles to get more information about this petition, because they are all lacking an important piece of information that is necessary to give this petition credibility. What is the high frequency testing being done for? What purpose does the sound serve? This concept is tragic no matter how you look at it, but what is equally tragic is the growing occurrence of petitions and propaganda like this that ask people to turn against their country without providing enough information to make the decision an informed one. If you are going to bring situations like this one to people’s attention, it is important for all sides, especially those who read your requests, to be fully informed as to the nature of the situation. Without those important facts this just looks to me like a hoax. An imaginary problem used as anti government propaganda presented by people who fear what they can’t control.

    • Alex,

      Thanks for your comment. Based on the info I have read, the testing is done to detect enemy submarines and mines. There may be other purposes that I’m not aware of.

      I don’t disagree with your statement, however, please don’t assume that I am “turning against my country”. I come from a military family (US Army), and I am proud of the fact that my father, uncle and grandfather served the United States.

      The US Navy is required to hold public hearings about the matter and to solicit public comments. They are ACTIVELY seeking public input. They may or may not take action based on public comments, but it sounds as if, on the whole, they are listening to the public and taking steps to reduce the harm that they may do to marine animals.

      Below is an additional link for further reading on the matter. I will try to provide more links later, when I have more time to do so.

      http://www.military.com/daily-news/2012/05/31/navy-plans-three-times-more-sonar-testing.html

      Kind Regards.

  4. I’ve been seeing this petition going around have one question before signing anything… Is anybody able to provide a link to the Environmental Impact Statement in question? Would like to see the document and information first-hand.
    If it’s true, then I would totally support a message to the Navy to reduce their impact to ocean wildlife.
    Just want to see the info for myself before deciding.
    Many Thanks,
    David.

  5. Excsuse the typo(s) above from the premature entry, but don’t kill the dolphins again, for real. Thats just f’d up and makes me think you all need therapy, not weapons.

    • Stephen,

      I appreciate your comments, but I wanted to let you know that I removed your first comment because of the language and the fact that it was not family friendly. My young nieces (hopefully) read this blog :)

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)