Dear President Obama,

Under authority granted by the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act, please direct the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act today to place a moratorium on tar sands tankers.

The scale of this threat and the risks it poses require immediate action. The best available science states that we are far from prepared to confront the consequences of a tar sands oil spill in water, and this lack of preparedness could lead to devastating consequences for our marine and riverine resources and the enormous economic sectors that depend on them.

By significantly tightening their policies for vessels carrying tar sands crude, the Coast Guard and E.P.A. can pro-actively protect our rivers and coastlines by preventing these vessels from entering U.S. waters and ports, effectively stopping them at their source.

Please continue building your climate legacy by protecting our waters and planet from the devastation of a tar sands fueled economy.


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After we blocked the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil industry has continued full steam ahead with its relentless plans to bring dirty tar sands oil to market, furthering the climate crisis. 

With two major pipelines proposed in Canada, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain going West and TransCanada’s Energy East going East, our coastal waters could literally become the next tar sands pipelines –a steady stream of the world’s largest tankers carrying tar sands along our coasts to refining centers in California and the Gulf Coast.

In the wake of these supertankers, we will be confronted with a multitude of threats:

  • Vessel strikes are a leading cause of death to endangered marine mammals, like the North Atlantic Right Whale that feeds in the Bay of Fundy where Energy East would load nearly 300 supertankers per year. 
  • A tar sands oil spill is virtually impossible to clean up; would be devastating to our vital fisheries, marine mammals, and the stressed ocean ecosystems.
  • Allowing tar sands to travel our waterways gives a green light for even more tar sands extraction; which means more devastation to First Nations’ lands, waters, people, and way of life.
  • By further accelerating tar sands extraction with these huge conduits to market, we lock ourselves into a future of lasting climate disruption

Stopping dangerous tar sands supertankers and barges in U.S. waters is the single best means we have to protect our waters and our planet from the latest plans of the climate wrecking tar sands industry.  And President Obama has the authority to direct the U.S. Coast Guard and EPA to enact a moratorium right away. 

We’re done saying yes to fossil fuel projects that dig us deeper into the climate crisis. We’re done putting our fragile ecosystems at risk, and we’re done allowing the oil industry to use First Nations’ land as a sacrifice zone.

Help us send a strong message to the President today: stop tar sands tankers and protect our oceans and climate!  Sign the petition now.