Tell BOEM to reject dirty energy, seismic blasting, and lease sales that directly threaten one of the most endangered whales in the world.
Critically endangered Rice’s whales may be the most endangered whale on the planet, with fewer than 100 critically endangered Rice’s whales left in existence.
Just days ago, the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) held Lease Sale 259, auctioning off key areas of Rice’s whales habitat to the fossil fuel industry, opening the door to seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling. The dynamite-like blasts of seismic airguns — a precursor to offshore drilling used to search for oil and gas deposits — would hinder Rice’s whales’ ability to find food, stay healthy, and communicate with their calves. And we know from the Deepwater Horizon disaster that a single spill can decimate the species.
It’s a risk we can’t afford to take. BOEM must use its authority to stop selling off our oceans and reverse course on Lease Sale 259, before it’s too late.