Monitor Right Whales in Offshore drilling areas
It has just been approved that companies can begin to do research in order to drill off the the shore of the United States Atlantic coast. According to CNN this will give the United States 160,000 jobs, reduce our trade deficit by 10% and create $30 billion dollars in tax revenue, but what CNN doesn't tell you is that it will put the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale in even more danger.
There are less than 500 North Atlantic Right Whales left on our planet and any disruption in their habitat could disrupt the fragile balance. The noise pollution that will be generated by the research and later the drilling will be detrimental to the migration, feeding, and mating of the creatures. The progress of our country can not come at the expense of a defenseless creature.
This new revenue is important, but we need to make some find away to do this and keep the North Atlantic Right Whale safe. This can be done by using Cetacean Porpoise monitoring devices to detect when whales are in the area and reduce the noise effects during that time. Help me urge Congress to make this part of the requirements when it comes to offshore drilling.