Coastal Blog — Ocean Energy
April 28 2013
A new report by Oil Spill Commission Action gives Congress a "D+" for its failure to improve the safety and environmental oversight of offshore drilling.
January 31 2013
Eight Senators and twenty-seven House members have sent letters to President Obama asking him to cancel plans for seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. Seismic airgun testing would cause devastating impacts to wildlife and bring the Atlantic coast closer to the risky practice of offshore oil drilling.
January 24 2013
After five years of stakeholder engagement, Oregon's Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted amendments for Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan that provides suitable locations for siting renewable ocean energy, and protects important habitats and existing uses like ocean recreation.
December 06 2012
The Department of Interior is deciding whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic to map oil and gas resources. These surveys would cause devastating impacts to marine life and set the stage for new offshore drilling. Please sign the petition to ask the Department to cancel…
September 07 2012
With the Presidential election just around the corner, let’s take a look at the respective positions of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on offshore drilling. What would each candidate’s Presidency mean for oil and gas development off our nation’s coasts?
August 06 2012
Thousands of participants, including hundreds of Surfrider Foundation activists, turned out on August 4th for over 200 Hands Across the Sand events held across the country and around the world.
June 24 2012
The House has approved a broad energy package that could dramatically expand offshore drilling in the U.S. Please express your opposition to offshore drilling by contacting your federal representatives and participating in Hands Across the Sand on August 4!
June 19 2012
Do you want to see our coasts protected from offshore drilling? Then sign up to participate in Hands Across the Sand on August 4, 2012!
May 10 2012
The federal government has proposed seismic surveys off the South and Mid-Atlantic coasts to assess potential oil & gas resources. Check out our Not the Answer page for information on how to take action by the May 30 comment deadline!
January 12 2012
Surfrider recently submitted comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on the Draft 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Programmatic EIS
January 05 2012
Public meetings on the San Onofre Ocean Energy Project are scheduled for January 24 in Dana Point. The proposed project would utilize Ocean Wave Electricity Generation (OWEG) units to convert the energy from ocean waves into electrical power.
December 13 2011
Why are some wave energy projects moving forward while others stall? In this short film by Robin Yeager, participants in the Reedsport, Oregon OPT Wave Energy Project discuss the benefits of collaboration in advancing the first commercial-scale project in the United States. A must see for anyone interested in the…
November 01 2011
The pace of proposed projects for offshore renewable ocean energy (wind, wave and tidal) is heating up. A large area off Virginia's coast is being considered for wind power development and a joint venture between two renewable-energy firms plans to build one of the first testing facilities for offshore wind…
September 06 2011
The Surfrider Foundation is striving to support clean, renewable, low-impact sources of energy. As part of that effort, we are sharing stories about members who are actively working to develop low impact renewable ocean energy projects. We kick of the series with an interview with Kurt Grossman, the CTO &…
May 12 2011
The House of Representatives today passed HR 1231 "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act", the third in a trio of bills that would accelerate and expand offshore drilling in the United States. More than ever, now is a critical time to call your senator to ask him/ her to support…
April 29 2011
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Office of Science recently collected baseline ecological/natural resource data for baseline studies in waters off New Jersey’s coast to determine the current distribution and usage of this area by ecological resources. The scope of work included the collection of data on the distribution,…
April 25 2011
A one-square-mile site off the coast near Newport has been selected for a new wave energy test program, the first of its kind in the United States and the closest one this side of Scotland. The siting decision was announced Wednesday by officials from the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy…