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The news is full of pictures of some of the victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster—oiled pelicans, gannets and shorebirds that have died, or in some cases, been rescued. But the list of birds in the path of the oil spill is long, and includes a number of “pelagic” species—those that spend most of their lives far out at sea, out of the public eye. The danger to them may be less visible, but it is no less real.
The sperm whale is the most abundant large whale residing year-round in the Gulf of Mexico - one of the busiest, most industrialized bodies of water in the world. In addition to the hazards posed by shipping traffic, commercial fishing and fossil-fuel exploration and extraction, sperm whales in the Gulf are faced with a new threat: oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.
One month after beginning of BP oil spill, major environmental groups call on President Obama to ban new offshore drilling.
The waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida’s Atlantic coast are home to five species of sea turtles: green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead and Kemp's ridley. All are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The oil gushing from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig poses several additional threats to the already precarious existence of these rare creatures.
Complaint for BP, MMS and DOI for the unauthorized take of endangered species caused by the continuing oil spill and use of dispersants.
Complaint Exhibit 2 for Gulf Oil Disaster: MMS Determination of No Environmental Review for Offshore Oil Drilling Operations Since the Deepwater Horizon Blowout (Map)
Gulf Oil Disaster Complaint Exhibit 3: Deepwater Horizon Exploratory Plan from Department of the Interior to BP.
Notification of Defenders' intent to sue MMS for violations of the Endangered Species Act related to insufficient analysis of the impacts of exploratory drilling on threatened and endangered species
Map of Coastal Wildlife Areas Vulnerable to Gulf Oil Spill
One of five state studies, this report describes and analyzes land conservation expenditures in the State of Florida for the 1998-2007 time period.