01 • 27 • 2015

New Drilling Proposed in the Atlantic: Time to Speak Out!

By Pete Stauffer

Sign this action alert to federal representatives to oppose offshore drilling.



Just days after Senate members proposed new offshore drilling in the Atlantic, the Obama Administration has announced plans to expand oil and gas development in our oceans. The Draft 5 Year OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Program includes scheduled drilling for the Atlantic (see image), Arctic and Gulf of Mexico for 2017 to 2022.

Following the announcement, Surfrider issued a media release expressing strong dismay at Obama's plans to expand drilling in our oceans. New offshore drilling will damage both the marine environment and related economies, while exposing our coasts to the risk of a catastrophic oil spill.

The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has opened a 60 day comment period for citizens to provide feedback on the Draft 5 Year Drilling Plan. BOEM is also holding public hearings on the Atlantic coast in the coming weeks.

The Surfrider Foundation encourages all citizens concerned about our ocean ecosystems and coastal economies to submit online comments and attend a public hearing to provide testimony against new offshore drilling in our oceans!

Link to provide public comments: Click Here

Sample comments from Surfrider: Click Here

Schedule of Public Hearings (for more info and to RSVP click here)

Washington, DC - February 9th  2:00-7:00 PM, Embassy Suites Washington DC – Convention Center 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Norfolk, VA - February 11th 3:00-7:00 PM, Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23505

Wilmington, NC - February 17th 3:00-7:00 PM, Blockade Runner Beach Resort 275, Waynick Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28480

Jacksonville, FL - February 19th 3:00-7:00 PM, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Annapolis, MD - March 9th 3:00-7:00 PM, Loews Hotel Annapolis, 126 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Charleston, SC - March 11th 2015 3:00-7:00 PM, Wyndham Garden Mount Pleasant/Charleston, 1330 Stuart Engals Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464