Exxon’s Assault On Western Gray Whales

There may be fewer than 100 Western gray whales left in the world, and
many conservationists fear their extinction in the near future is
imminent.

Recently, the Exxon Mobil Corporation, doing business as the
consortium Exxon Neftegas Limited, began disruptive oil exploration
activities in the whales' only known Spring/ Autumn feeding areas,
blasting the waters near Sakhalin Island (off the Russian coast) with
explosive noise. Such activity has been proven
to displace gray whales from their primary feeding grounds during a
crucial time period, when they need to replace their severely depleted
blubber stores after the breeding season.

To make matters worse, Exxon
Neftegas has now shifted its activities from seismic exploration to more
destructive, extraction activities – building giant oil drilling piers and
pipelines right in the middle of the whales' feeding grounds. With so few
individuals remaining, any such disruption is a profound threat to the
survival of the entire population.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact the Exxon Neftegas Limited company, and demand that they cease all
harmful and disruptive oil extraction activities in the feeding grounds
and migratory corridors of the Western gray whale (off Sakhalin Island, in
the Chaivo and Odoptu Fields.) Tell them that the survival of the entire
Western Gray whale population is far more important than a few thousand
barrels of oil.

Write to:
Mr. David L. Simerka, Vice President, Exxon Neftegas Limited
80 Pushkin St.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
RUSSIA 693000
Fax: 011 74 242 46 26 30
(please note that postage for a standard letter to Russia is 80 cents).

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