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Green Sea Turtle Swimming Distance ShotUrge Senator Martinez to Protect Our Sea Turtles

Senator Mel Martinez has announced a “deal” that would open at least 8 million acres off the Gulf Coast of Florida to offshore drilling rigs -- and all the pollution and risk to wildlife that comes with it. There’s still time for him to change his mind -- your call today could make the difference!

Please log your call using the link by Senator Martinez’s contact information. This will provide us with valuable information for our advocacy efforts and help us ensure that your voice is heard.

If you would prefer to call a Florida phone number, please call the Senator’s main in-state office at (904) 398-8586 -- and remember to log your call using the link above.

What to Say

You can use the talking points below during your call, but please be sure to let Senator Martinez know how and why Florida’s beaches and coastal waters -- and the wildlife that depends on them -- are important to you.

Talking Points

  • My name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR LOCATION]. I am calling to urge Senator Martinez not to cut a deal on oil and gas drilling off Florida’s coasts.
  • The Senate could not move oil drilling legislation without Senator Martinez’ support.  So why is he giving it to them?  He should stand strong and reject any drilling proposal, not negotiate with the biggest drilling supporters in the Senate!
  • Offshore drilling won’t solve problems at the pump. Opening new parts of the Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil drilling (specifically the area known as Lease 181) would provide only 47 days of oil and 4 months of natural gas -- after 7 years.
  • The Mineral Management Service estimates that 3 million gallons of oil have been spilled from offshore oil and gas operations in 73 incidents between 1980 and 1999. That’s an average of 150,000 gallons a year and 400 gallons a day. 
  • The average offshore oil platform spews more than 200,000 pounds of pollutants into the air each year, according to the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration. 
  • Expanded oil and gas drilling creates mercury and other toxic discharges that can poison or kill dolphins, manatees, and other marine wildlife.