The Trump Administration plans to open the Atlantic, Pacific, Eastern Gulf and the Arctic to new offshore oil drilling. Time and time again, the practice has proven to be dirty and destructive. It harms our ocean and coastal communities and it destroys the ocean.
Planned Off Your Coast
This drastic proposal puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill. It’s been a common theme for this administration to sacrifice the public’s favorite natural areas for the benefit of oil and gas companies,
Even without a spill, new drilling will include deafening seismic blasts during exploration, which could harm or kill whales and dolphins, as well as other marine life.
$115B ECONOMIC REVENUE
AT RISK IF OIL SPILLS OCCUR
880K GAL OF OIL RELEASED
ANNUALLY FROM U.S. DRILLING OPERATIONS
12X MORE JOBS
PROVIDED BY OCEAN REC AND TOURISM THAN OFFSHORE DRILLING
Ways You Can Take Action:
Get Familiar with BOEM
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management looks after the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf and how energy and mineral resources can be used in a responsible way environmentally and economically.
Support An Assembly Bill To Help Prohibit Offshore Drilling
Assembly Bill A.9819 is written to help prohibit state authorizations related to certain offshore oil and natural gas production.
Support A Senate Bill To Prohibit Drilling
Senate Bill S.8017 will prohibit oil and natural gas drilling in New York’s coastal areas.
Ask Federal Leaders to Protect Against New Offshore Drilling
Surfrider is organizing a collective effort to ask the Administration and Congress to protect the Atlantic, Pacific, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean from offshore drilling. Please join us.
Read and support Governor Cuomo’s “Save our Waters” Bill
Governor Cuomo has advanced a bill to protect New York’s waters from oil and gas exploration as a response to the Trump administration’s plan to expand drilling in the Atlantic.
OFFSHORE DRILLING – IN THE NEWS
On Nov. 16th, Husky Energy spilled an estimated 1572 barrels of oil into the Atlantic coast of Cananda/Newfoundland. Rough weather conditions initially prevented the clean-up, which has now been deemed impossible. Read more about the Husky oil spill here.
Additionally, a recent study has found that the 2004 Taylor oil spill may have leaked up to 1700 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico EVERY DAY since it happened. That rivals Deepwater Horizon–the largest oil spill ever off US coasts.
Despite these recent and ongoing catastrophes, the US federal agency Bureau of Ocean Energy Management still proposes opening up to ~90% of US coastline to new oil and gas exploration.
Help Us Stop New Offshore Drilling
The Draft Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2019 – 2024 would open thousands of miles of U.S. coastline to oil drilling, including regions such as the Atlantic and Pacific that have been protected for decades from this dangerous practice. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has opened a 60-day comment period for citizens to provide feedback on the proposal. The agency will also hold public hearings in affected communities in the coming weeks.
Surfrider Foundation is determined to prevent this plan from being finalized, but we need your help. It’s time to make your voice heard. Please join us by submitting comments to BOEM and contacting your federal representatives. We also urge those in affected communities to attend an upcoming public hearing to provide testimony against new offshore drilling in our oceans!