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.
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
Climate change is causing sea levels to rise. Now is the time to proactively protect structures by pursuing novel approaches and not relying on the outdated measures that require continual coastal armoring. Read Full Post
Learn the truth about plastic bag bans and why Californians should vote YES to uphold the statewide plastic bag ban in the November general election. Big Plastic shares misinformation claiming the ban would actually hurt the environment. However, Big Plastic’s claims on recycling, reusing, economic and environmental impact can be… Read Full Post
The Appropriations Committees in both the House and Senate are starting to pass their spending bills for next year's FY2017 budget cycle. It's been a mixed bag so far. Read Full Post
his summer, the Capitol-Olympia Chapter of Surfrider is kicking off a Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) water testing program for the very first time in the chapter’s history. In partnership with Washington’s Department of Ecology and Thurston County, the Capitol-Olympia Chapter will be collecting water samples to test for bacteria… 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