June 28 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (HR 2231), which would dramatically expand offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The bill would require new drilling off Southern California, Virginia, South Carolina, and Alaska, and overall require a doubling of offshore domestic oil production. The Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Program Manager, Pete Stauffer, issued the following statement in reaction to the decision.
“The Surfrider Foundation is deeply dismayed by the House's decision to expand offshore oil drilling off the California coast, the Atlantic coast, and elsewhere. Offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous practice that threatens the health of our oceans and the communities that depend on them. Instead of advocating for more offshore drilling, Congress should develop a comprehensive and sustainable energy plan that includes conservation."