Ocean Protection, Updates, Not the answer
January 19 2018

Offshore Drilling Planned off Your Coasts: Time to Speak Out!

by Pete Stauffer

Following the theme of sacrificing the public’s favorite natural areas for the benefit of oil and gas companies, the Trump administration has announced plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. This drastic proposal opens over 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf to new drilling and puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.

Sign this action alert to tell federal representatives to oppose the plan to expand offshore drilling.

The Proposed Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2019 - 2024 would open thousands of miles of U.S. coastline to oil drilling, including regions such as the Atlantic and Pacific that have been protected for decades from this dangerous practice. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has opened a 60-day comment period for citizens to provide feedback on the proposal, and the agency is also planning public hearings in affected communities in the coming weeks.

PROPOSED DRILLING AREAS

In response to the news, Surfrider Foundation’s CEO Chad Nelsen issued the following statement:

“Our ocean, waves and beaches are vital recreational, economic and ecological treasures to our coastal communities that will be polluted by new offshore oil drilling, regardless of whether or not there is a spill,” said Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation. “Without a massive mobilization by coastal communities around the country in opposition to new offshore drilling, our voice will be drowned out by the lobbying power of Big Oil in Washington, D.C.”

Surfrider Foundation is determined to prevent this plan from being finalized, but we need your help. It’s time to make your voice heard! Please join us by submitting comments to BOEM and contacting your federal representatives. We also urge those in affected communities to attend upcoming public hearing to provide testimony against new offshore drilling in our oceans!

Now more than ever, we need to protect the places we love and #defendourcoasts. Please visit our campaign page and take action below!

Three Things you can do Now!

1. Contact your federal representatives: take action

Members of Congress need to hear from constituents opposed to offshore drilling. Please complete the action alert and call your representatives in the House and Senate.

2. Submit comments to BOEM: visit regulations.gov

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has a public comment period open until March 9th on its draft offshore drilling proposal. See sample talking points and submit your comments today!

3. Attend a public hearing: see below for dates and events near you

For more information, visit our campaign page: click here

Attend a public hearing:

Link to full schedule 

January 16   Annapolis, MD

Double Tree by Hilton

210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

January 16   Jackson, MS

Jackson Marriott

200 East Amite Street, Jackson, MS 39201

January 18   Dover, DE

Holiday Inn Dover – Downtown

561 North Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

https://www.facebook.com/events/1963394087256442/

February 3  California Day of Distributed Action, CA

A statewide event occurring separate from the BOEM Public Hearing

Coastal towns include San Diego, Laguna Beach, Ventura,

Santa Monica, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Cruz. Get details here.

 

February 6   Austin, TX

Embassy Suites by Hilton

5901 North IH-35, Austin, TX 78723

https://www.facebook.com/events/161845094543965/?ti=icl

February 6   Salem, OR

Red Lion Hotel Salem

3301 Market Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

https://www.facebook.com/events/824231827782016/

February 8   Tallahassee, FL

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown

316 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

https://www.facebook.com/events/745033842354348/

February 8   Sacramento, CA

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

https://business.facebook.com/events/1754774281233684/

February 13   Hartford, CT

Hartford Marriott Downtown

200 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103

https://www.facebook.com/events/159712931421589/

February 13   Columbia, SC

Doubletree by Hilton

2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210

https://www.facebook.com/events/142047229825291/

February 14   Trenton, NJ

Hilton Garden Inn, Hamilton

800 US Highway 130, Hamilton, NJ 08690

https://www.facebook.com/events/1761807877192324/

February 14 Smithtown, NY 

NY state is hosting its own hearing against new offshore drilling, separate from BOEM.

William Rogers Building

725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11787

https://www.facebook.com/events/138684046804158/

February 15   Albany, NY 

Hilton Albany

40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207

February 21   Richmond, VA

Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport

4700 South Labumum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231

https://www.facebook.com/events/149023762542525/

February 21   Anchorage, AK

Dena’ina Center

600 W. Seventh Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

February 22   Washington, DC

Hilton Garden Inn

1225 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

https://www.facebook.com/events/156936081606948/

February 26   Raleigh, NC

Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown

3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609

https://www.facebook.com/events/135797467216772/

February 27   Boston, MA

Hyatt Regency Boston

One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111

https://www.facebook.com/events/967293473423325

February 28   Atlanta, GA

Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel

One Hartsfield Centre Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30354

https://www.facebook.com/events/1308497029295454/

February 28   Providence, RI

Marriott Providence Downtown

1 Orms Street, Providence, RI 02904

https://www.facebook.com/events/406115786485073

March 5   Concord, NH

Holiday Inn Concord Downtown

172 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301

https://www.facebook.com/events/155531068567140/

March 5   Olympia, WA

Hotel RL Olympia by Red Lion

2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW

https://www.facebook.com/events/387337368382789/

March 6   Baton Rouge, LA

Crown Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge

4728 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

March 7   Augusta, ME

Augusta, Civic Center

76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330

https://www.facebook.com/events/172134343518985/

March 8  Montgomery, AL

Hilton Garden Inn Montgomery – East Chase

7665 Eastchase Parkway, Montgomery, AL 36117

 

More info: https://www.boem.gov/National-Program-Participate/#meeting