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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