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.
Over 30 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand events across the country on Saturday, May 21st, joining thousands of activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and dirty fuels and YES to clean energy! Read Full Post
Ever since the California Coastal Commission blew up in February, more alarming news about questionable Commissioner behavior has confirmed the public’s fears: these 12 Commissioners charged with protecting our coasts don't have its best interest in mind. Read Full Post
How can we protect the ocean as new industries stake their claim to the marine environment? The answer is simple: make a plan for the future! In New England, a collaborative effort is underway to do just that and the result will be our nation's first regional ocean plan. Read Full Post
U.S. Senators from New Jersey have introduced a bill to prohibit offshore fossil fuel exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. The legislation could play a key role in protecting the Atlantic from future offshore oil drilling. Read Full Post
Our federal government has announced plans to protect the Atlantic coast from offshore oil drilling. However, the Atlantic is still threatened by seismic testing for oil and gas resources. 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