Help Us Stop New Offshore Drilling
The Trump administration has announced plans to expand offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. These plans include deafening seismic blasts that will injure or kill numerous marine animals. The federal administration recently authorized five companies to conduct seismic blasting, the first step to offshore oil drilling, in the South and Mid-Atlantic.
This drastic proposal puts our nation’s coastal economies, communities, beaches, surf breaks and marine ecosystems at risk of major oil spill diasters and ongoing offshore drilling impacts.
Surfrider Foundation is determined to prevent this plan from being finalized, but we need your help!
On Thursday June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several amendments as part of the Department of Interior funding bill (H.R. 3052) that would block new offshore oil development in the Atlantic, Pacific and Eastern Gulf of Mexico through fiscal year 2020. The amendments still need to be approved by the Senate, but are an important step in Congress stopping the Trump administration from expanding offshore drilling off our coasts.
The House amendments would prevent the Secretary of the Interior from spending any money on pre-leasing or leasing activities related to selling offshore drilling rights to energy developers. Specific measures include:
- One-year moratorium on offshore drilling and related activities off the Atlantic Coast
- One-year moratorium on offshore drilling and related activities off the state of Florida
- One-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling and related activities off the Pacific Coast
- Funding limitation to block harmful seismic airgun blasting for oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean
Bipartisan support of these measures is a testament to the fact that grassroots opposition is working! Offshore drilling is becoming wildly unpopular across the country with members of both political parties overwhelmingly opposed to expanded oil and gas development off our coasts. To date, more than 350 municipalities, 2,100 elected officials, 49,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families have formally opposed new offshore oil and gas development.
While the latest news is encouraging, it does not change the fact that new offshore oil drilling is currently planned in over 90% of U.S. waters. There is still a lengthy process ahead before these bills become official. Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to protect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and Eastern Gulf of Mexico from expanded offshore drilling activities.
That is why Surfrider is calling on our supporters to continue speaking out against new offshore drilling. We must continue to fight to defend our coasts from new oil and gas development.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous practice that puts our marine environment and coastal communities at unnecessary risk. The industry causes grave impacts through every phase of the process – from exploratory seismic blasting that harms marine animals to the inevitable oil spills that can devastate the coastal environment and adjacent communities and businesses.
Moreover, offshore drilling is wildly unpopular across the country with members of both political parties overwhelmingly opposed to expanded oil and gas development off our coasts. To date, more than 350 municipalities, 2,100 elected officials, 49,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families have formally opposed new offshore oil and gas development.
The Trump administration, however, has clearly stated its intent to bring offshore drilling to every major U.S. coastline. That’s why your voice is needed to urge Congress to block the administration’s plans for new drilling
Make Your Voice Heard!
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Business owner? Add your business to the growing coalition against new offshore oil drilling. Sign on letter HERE
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Participate in ocean planning to establish protections for our marine environment.
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