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SURFRIDER FOUNDATION CALLS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO RESTORE THE OFFSHORE DRILLING MORATORIUM

April 30 2010

Tragic and Devastating Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a Stark Reminder The Offshore Oil Drilling Is Not The Answer


In light of last week’s explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and subsequent oil spill, the Surfrider Foundation is urging President Obama to withdraw his recent plans to open up our coasts to offshore drilling and to restore the federal moratorium.

The Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the ecologically rich waters in the Gulf of Mexico and continues to gush 210,000 gallons of oil into the sea every day. The spill remains unabated and now has the potential to become one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The unfolding catastrophe clearly illustrates, that offshore drilling is not safe and new technology is not fool proof.

“The tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico reminds us why the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill led to state and federal moratoriums on offshore oil drilling,” says Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation’s Environmental Director. “President Obama needs to stop playing politics with our coasts and restore the federal moratorium on oil drilling.”

Studies have shown that new offshore drilling will do little to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, and minimize prices at the gas pump. Also, as the United States and world are witnessing now, even rigs and platforms equipped with ”fool proof technology” are prone to spills that can devastate our ocean ecosystems and the billion dollar coastal economies that depend on them.

“This tragic spill makes it clear that the miniscule benefits of offshore oil drilling are not worth the consequences,” says Jim Moriarty, Surfrider Foundation’s CEO. “With less than 3% of the world’s oil in our offshore areas, it’s obvious that drilling will not solve our energy crisis but does jeopardize our coastal communities and economies.”

The Surfrider Foundation is calling on concerned citizens to get involved and send a strong message to President Obama that new offshore drilling is not the answer at
www.surfrider.org/nodrilling.
Find more information on the Surfrider Foundation’s position on offshore oil drilling, and Not The Answer Campaign, visit www.nottheanswer.org.