From the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore...
Comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management relating to the Draft Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program
Comments submitted by Patricia Canavan, President, Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore
Residents of Cape Cod formed the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore over thirty years ago. We take our mission seriously- to preserve and protect the Seashore and to enhance the experience of visitors. Our comments today are those of the Friends, not the National Park Service, which is responsible for management of Seashore.
Friends is here today to object to oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean as described in the Draft Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
Because the natural world knows no boundaries, our opposition to oil and gas exploration extends beyond our Cape Cod focus. We urge no drilling anywhere in the Atlantic.
We urge you to consider:
As we know from the Deepwater Horizon disaster and closer to home, the Bouchard oil spill in Buzzards Bay, the risks are real and potentially catastrophic. Communities such as ours bear the brunt of these risks- to endangered species, local economies, and our very way of life. There are safer ways to produce energy.