Once oil is spilled, it is too late, and all you can try to do is minimize the damage.
That's why Surfrider's Not the Answer campaign wants to stop any new offshore drilling from happening. For decades our coasts were protected from new offshore oil drilling. However in 2008, President Bush and Congress lifted the federal moratoria on new offshore drilling making our nation's coastlines vulnerable to the expansion of oil and gas development.
Congress later followed suit by allowing a federal ban on drilling to expire. Now, decision makers at the state and federal levels are examining ways to capitalize on the lifted moratoria and erect new platforms along our coastlines.
With our ocean targeted for drilling in the Mid- and South Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico, our network of chapters across the country is striking back! Up and down the East Coast, chapters are advocating for legislation and agency decisions that will prohibit the exploration, development, or production of oil and gas in state and federal waters.
Surfrider is mobilizing our chapter network and the recreation community as a powerful stakeholder group in ocean planning efforts across the country. Our goal is to protect marine ecosystems while steering new development in the ocean to less sensitive areas. Read Full Post
The best way to protect our waterways is through a more natural landscape that supports a diversity of native plants, and mimics and supports nature rather than harming it. Instead of maintaining water thirsty turf lawns and adding chemicals to force them to be green, you can take steps to… Read Full Post
After six years of advocacy to the California state legislature, a bill to ban plastic bags was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014. Unfortunately, due to the political maneuvering of the big plastics industry, the bill was stalled and is now on the November ballot as Proposition 67.… Read Full Post
A recent article by Surfer Magazine detailing how a San Diego surfer got sick and ultimately died after surfing following a heavy rain event begs the questions - how did this happen? And what can we do about it? Read Full Post
Our Sign-the-Surfboard campaign has kicked off! This campaign is an active step to demonstrate the coastal recreation industry’s opposition to offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Local Surfrider chapters will be asking local surf and skate shops, coastal restaurants, and other businesses that depend on a healthy, clean coast to sign this beautiful donated Firewire surfboard. The board will make the journey up to the coast in opposition to opening the Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico to this dangerous and polluting practice.
Learn the myths and facts about oil drilling – from “weaning off”, how “safe” it is (clearly not!) and to the true cost of lowered gas prices. Take a look at Surfrider's Environmental Director Pete Stauffer's article in our publication The Drop about how new offshore drilling is our next battle.Learn the facts