When Facebook announced its plans to build an 8,500-mile fiber optic cable between Asia the West Coast, Tierra Del Mar residents staunchly opposed the projects. They worried about their old roads, the noise, and the threatened bird species nearby. However, Facebook’s permits were approved and they began, much to the disappointment of nearby residents. On April 28, 2020, one of their drill bits hit a rock and broke off 50 below the seafloor. They waited until May to notify state officials about the occurrence, but later in mid-June, finally informed them that they also left 6,500 gallons of drilling fluid inside containers, a drill tip, and at least 1,100 feet of pipe.

Facebook claims that leaving the equipment will have no negative environmental effects and that retrieving it would be a greater risk to the environment; however, residents have little faith in the accuracy of these statements. Environmental experts have also voiced their disagreement with Facebook’s claims. Oregon’s Department of State is giving Facebook 180 days to remove the materials or apply for another permit that will allow them to keep the materials where they are. Facebook is hoping to continue the project in 2021.

Facebook was extremely irresponsible and needs to be held accountable for their actions. The residents of Tierra Del Mar shouldn’t have to be constantly worried about what may happen as a result of Facebook’s negligence. It’s been four months and the situation will only get worse the longer the equipment and waste remain in the ocean. Sign this petition to tell Facebook to clean up this mess immediately and stop the project entirely!

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