Rich corporations want to put our oceans at risk to make more money. We don’t need their oil and they don’t need more money. Tell this to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Please send in comments by Friday, March 9. It’s easy, just follow the links below.
This is critical.
The following article was sent by Sierra Club. Please follow the links and help stop the insane notion of drilling in our seas. After Deepwater Horizon, no one should consider even momentarily putting our planet at such risk ever again. We do not need the oil under our oceans.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-
DEADLINE: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is collecting comments on a catastrophic new offshore drilling five-year plan. We have until March 9 to tell them how unpopular and short-sighted this plan is. Sign here.
The Trump administration proposed opening 90 percent of US waters to offshore drilling between 2019 and 2024. That’s right — if this plan becomes law, the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Eastern Gulf coasts will all be in the hands of Big Oil. That means oil rigs from Maine to Louisiana, and from Alaska down to California.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is collecting comments on this catastrophic new five-year plan and the deadline for comments is Friday, March 9. Protect our oceans and tell BOEM how unpopular and short-sighted this plan is.
Trump isn’t doing this to please his constituents — in fact, governors of states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, and California have explicitly opposed drilling off their coasts. Instead, this is a blatant gift to the oil companies that have bankrolled his campaign and staffed his administration.
If Trump’s plan becomes reality, spills will be inevitable — and devastating. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged 1,313 miles of coastline. That’s more than the entire length of California, or half the Atlantic coast. Offshore oil spills happen frequently, devastating marine environments, commercial fishing industries and tourism businesses. Even without spills, offshore oil causes climate pollution. At a time of increasing devastation from climate change, our government should not be doubling down on its investment in fossil fuels.
This gift to Big Oil and Gas is an attempt to overturn protections put in place for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and hits reset on the plan the Obama administration completed in 2016. At that time, the activists like you — over 3.3 million people! — spoke out in support of protecting our coasts.
Thanks for all you do to protect our oceans,
Senior Director, Our Wild America Campaign