Thursday, January 05, 2006

National Parks Protection Squandered

Since Dianne and I celebrated ten years of our love at Padre Island, we have been captivated by the wonderful beauty of this island paradise that you can drive to from Oklahoma. We were both pretty upset to read that it is being sacrificed for short term oil profits like so many things we cre about these days.
Bush-Cheney have been prevented by Congress from drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR); but they have recently opened Padre Island National Seashore to oil exploration by the Corpus Christi, Tx. based BNP Petroleum Co. Simply put, the drilling should never have happened. Since it's founding as a National Seashore 1962, 8 Presidents have played by the rules and obeyed the mission given to The National Park Service: No Development - No Oil & Gas Wells - The Sierra Club

The total amout of natural gas which lies under Padre Island National Seashore is equivalent to that which is consumed by Americans in less than a single day. 70 percent of the profits will go to offshore investors in Japan, Australia, and Canada....whereas tourism to Padre contributes $39 million annually to the local economy.

It does not have to be this way, you can help by signing the Online Padre Island Protection Petition or read more about the issue here:
Padre Island Pollution Politics.

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1 comment:

gcruse said...

Without oil, you won't be driving there or anywhere else.