A few months ago you helped us send the message to Shell that it needs to protect sea life in the Gulf of Mexico while it develops an off-shore facility for importing natural gas. I wanted to thank you and let you know Shell got the message loud and clear, and have responded by working to muddy the waters as much as possible, defending their flawed project.
You probably received a letter or two from Shell's liquefied natural gas (LNG) project director, in which he "shares your concerns about future energy supply and protection of our environment." He then discusses Shell's commitment to the environment, the 16-month government review that resulted in Shell's permit, and a recent study that supposedly shows that their terminal won't affect Gulf sea life.
Unfortunately, Shell's letter fails to acknowledge that Gulf Landing's current design will needlessly kill billions of fish eggs, larvae, and zooplankton, jeopardizing important fish populations and the economies that rely on them. Shell's letter fails to mention that while the government gave Shell a permit, the government scientists that manage our nation's fish populations continue to oppose this terminal's design1. Oh, and the recent study that Shell mentions? It was funded by oil and gas corporations that stand to profit by importing natural gas2, and the federal government's fisheries scientists characterize it as 'one-sided'3 and have recently pointed out that significant impacts to our fish populations from projects like Shell's could go undetected until fish populations crash4.
Shell also fails to mention that the corporation raked in its highest profits ever last year, and that it would take less than one day's profit to 'close the loop' and make this project fish-friendly. Oil companies are using safer alternatives elsewhere in the country, but not offshore in the Gulf.
Please take a moment to tell Shell, "Thanks, but no thanks," and demand the corporation abandon its flawed proposal. Just visit this link: Tell Shell: Stop the fish-killing machines!
1. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, Comments and Recommendations, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, ConocoPhillips Beacon Port LNG Terminal, 4/14/06
2. Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, website,"About us."
3. NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center memo, Preliminary Comments on the Exponent Report, 2/24/06
4. Mobile Register, "Coast Guard report: LNG could take a third of redfish before scientists see problem," 4/17/06