06 • 11 • 2019

Tell Congress to Stop New Offshore Oil Drilling

By Pete Stauffer

Congress is voting this month on amendments to block expanded offshore drilling. Please take action to defend our coastlines from new oil and gas development!

Ever since the Trump administration proposed new offshore drilling in over 90% of U.S. waters, coastal advocates have been seeking ways to defend our coasts from new oil rigs. And, while the administration's work to revise the 5-year drilling plan has been delayed (thanks in large part to grassroots opposition), Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has affirmed his commitment to developing a new offshore drilling program.

That's why leadership from Congress is so critical to stopping new offshore drilling!

Next week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a package of amendments to limit new oil drilling and related seismic blasting in U.S. waters. Attached to H.R. 3052, the federal government's annual spending bill for Interior/ Environment, these amendments would help block oil and gas development in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Please contact your member of Congress in support of anti-drilling amendments!

The Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous practice that puts our marine environment and coastal communities at unnecessary risk. The industry causes grave impacts through every phase of the process - from exploratory seismic blasting that harms marine animals to the inevitable oil spills that can devastate the coastal environment and adjacent communities and businesses.

Moreover, offshore drilling is wildly unpopular across the country with members of both political parties overwhelmingly opposed to expanded oil and gas development off our coasts. To date, more than 350 municipalities, 2,100 elected officials, 49,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families have formally opposed new offshore oil and gas development.

The Trump administration, however, has clearly stated its intent to bring offshore drilling to every major U.S. coastline. That's why your voice is needed to urge Congress to block the administration's plans for new drilling

Make Your Voice Heard!

Call you representative in the House and ask them to “Vote YES on amendments to H.R. 3052 to block expanded offshore drilling.”

Send an email to your representative in support of anti-drilling amendments take action

Visit Surfrider's Stop Offshore Drilling campaign page

Access Surfrider's offshore drilling resources and activist toolkit