The Trump Administration is trying to open the Pacific Coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. The proposal includes the largest number of lease sales in U.S. history, putting our fragile ocean ecosystem at risk. The Department of Interior is now accepting public comments on the proposal. Add your name in opposing drilling in our fragile coastal waters. using the form below:
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Our letter to the Department of the Interior:
I am against opening the Pacific Coast to oil and gas drilling. I care about the environmental health of our beaches, marine habitats, coastal marshes, and wildlife. The economic importance of our coastal fisheries, recreation and tourism, and the viability of non-renewable energy sources cannot be risked for short-term gain.
Why It Matters:
Oil drilling degrades beaches, marine habitats and coastal marshes in irreparable ways. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Alaska; the oil spill damage was severe. Almost 30 years after the Alaska spill, only 13 of 32 affected wildlife populations and habitats monitored by the government were listed as “fully recovered” or “very likely recovered.” Some populations are now listed as “not recovering,” including a pod of killer whales that lost 15 of its 22 members following the spill and is expected to die off completely in coming years.
More about What’s Happening:
In January 2018, the Trump Administration released a proposal for opening the Outer Continental Shelf to offshore oil and gas drilling. The proposal includes seven lease sales in the Pacific Region—two each for Northern California, Central California, and Southern California, and one for Washington/Oregon. This new five-year offshore drilling plan is an early step toward rewriting the blueprint for drilling in federal waters. Currently, 94 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf is protected from drilling. The new program proposes the largest number of lease sales in U.S. history thereby opening more of the fragile ocean ecosystem to drilling than in any previous period.