My Letter to the Navy

1972391_629774337095129_635233175_nYou still have until Wednesday, April 16th at 1:59 AM CST to submit your public comments regarding the U.S. Navy’s “Northwest Training and Testing” Environmental Impact Statement.  My letter to the Navy appears below.


U.S. Naval Command, Northwest
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA  98315 -1101 

April 11, 2014

Dear United States Navy, 

I am writing to say that I think your EIS claiming zero (0) mortalities for marine mammals and other species of birds and fish from proposed Naval Training and Testing activities in the Pacific Northwest region is not only inaccurate, but also extremely dishonest.  It is disheartening that the U.S. Navy so disrespects both the public and the natural world, they would produce such a short-sighted and deceitful report.  As you are well aware, the Navy has more honestly predicted huge destruction and harm to all forms of marine life resulting from similar activities in other regions.  Whales, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine mammals are particularly vulnerable.

Though I know it probably seems outside the realm of possibility for the self-interest of the Navy, I want to propose the idea of establishing an international treaty banning submarine warfare entirely.

It has become plainly evident that the first beings to suffer from mankind’s madness for constant naval warfare will be the whales, dolphins and marine mammals.  They simply are not able to withstand this constant onslaught of underwater noise and shock waves in an arms race of stealth submarines, with the super high-powered sonar and other weapons that are used to detect and destroy them.

We either continue on the course towards the annihilation and extinction of the whales, or we come to our senses and ban submarine warfare entirely.

The Navy could take a pro-active role in enforcing such a treaty, by making sure no nation continues on the path of using submarines to patrol the oceans in the name of war.

I hope you will seriously consider this idea, and that such a treaty will be enacted while there are still whales and dolphins to share our oceans.


David R. Gurney


Please write your own comments and mail them to this address:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Northwest
Attention: Ms. Kimberly Kler – NWTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

Or, you can electronically submit your public comments on the Navy’s proposed Training and Testing in the Pacific Northwest, by going to their website:



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