NRDC hearing tonight on Navy's use of sonar off California coast

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Posted by Steve Clark on May 01, 2008 at 13:29:15:

I hope you’ll join us on May 1st at a rare public hearing in Long Beach, where we will tell the U.S. Navy that it MUST defend whales and other marine life from its dangerous mid-frequency sonar.

As you know, NRDC recently won a series of court victories forcing the Navy to protect marine mammals when it trains with sonar off the southern California coast -- some of the most important whale habitat in the United States.

But in defiance of those court rulings, the Navy is now steaming full-speed ahead with a new proposal to conduct still more sonar exercises without commonsense safeguards. While we will continue to defend our victories in federal court, we must now mobilize public opposition to this new attack on California’s coastal waters.

Despite the vital importance of these waters to blue whales, fin whales, and other endangered marine life, the Navy is planning to double the number of sonar exercises and is refusing to put even a single square nautical mile off-limits to training.

Please join lawyers from NRDC’s Marine Mammal Protection Project at a public hearing in Long Beach to show the Navy we won’t stand for this assault on whales and other marine mammals. If you wish, you can take the opportunity to convey your own opinion directly to Navy officials. (See full details below.)

If you can attend, please let us know by replying to this email.

Thank you for fighting alongside us to protect the sensitive marine life off California’s coast.


Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council

When: May 1st at 7 p.m.
Where: Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, California.

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