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

Following the theme of sacrificing the public’s favorite natural areas for the benefit of oil and gas companies, the Trump administration has just announced plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. This drastic proposal puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill. Even without a massive spill, new drilling would include deafening seismic blasts during exploration, which could harm and even kill innocent marine wildlife like whales and dolphins.

Proposed Areas for New Offshore Oil Drilling

Help Us Stop New Offshore Drilling

The Draft 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. The agency will also hold public hearings in affected communities in the coming weeks.

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!

We need to fight back!

In 2016, Surfrider Foundation and our partners successfully stopped the federal government's plans for offshore oil drilling and related seismic blasting off the Atlantic coast (read more). However, the Trump administration is now planning to expand offshore drilling, putting the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic at risk of new oil rigs.

New offshore drilling would damage the marine ecosystem and put coastal communities at risk from oil spills. That's why Surfrider is doubling down on our efforts to ensure that new oil rigs will not be approved in U.S. waters. 

$115B

National economic revenue at risk if oil spills occur

880K gal

of oil released annually from U.S. drilling operations

12X More

jobs provided by ocean rec and tourism than offshore drilling

Make your voice heard

Now, more than ever our coasts are under threat and need your help! Join us in asking our federal leaders to protect U.S. coastlines from new offshore drilling.

Stay Informed and Take Action

Easy Ways to get Involved

  • Sign the action alert on offshore drilling and share it.
  • Sign the action alert on seismic blasting and share it.
  • Call or write your federal reps to ask them to oppose new offshore drilling & seismic exploration.
  • Get involved with your local Surfrider chapter or other community activities.
  • Participate in ocean planning to establish protections for our marine environment.
  • Support Surfrider’s Stop New Offshore Drilling campaign. Donate today and help us protect our coasts from new drilling and seismic testing.

Take Action Find Your Local Chapter

Upcoming Events

Aug 1: August Recess Begins for Congress

Attend a local town hall or district meeting to share your concerns about offshore drilling with your representative in Congress.

Nov 25: Release of Proposed Program

While the exact date is unknown, the next draft of offshore drilling plan will likely be released before the end of the year. This will open another public comment period and set of public meetings.

#DefendOurCoasts Postcard

Download the #DefendOurCoasts postcard and take a photo to show your opposition for new offshore oil drilling. Be sure to upload your photo to social media and use the hashtag #DefendOurCoasts.

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Contact your elected officials: take action

Submit comments to BOEM: coming soon

Read our Fact Sheet to learn about the impacts of offshore drilling

Visit our Beachapedia website for more information about offshore drilling and seismic testing.

http://www.beachapedia.org/Offshore_Oil_Drilling

http://www.beachapedia.org/Seismic_Surveys

Contact Pete Stauffer pstauffer@surfrider.org

The Draft 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) will open a 60-day comment period on Monday, January 8th for citizens to provide feedback on the proposal, and the agency is also holding public hearings in affected communities in the coming weeks.

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.

Visit our Beachapedia website for more information about offshore drilling and seismic testing.

http://www.beachapedia.org/Offshore_Oil_Drilling