A bunch of movie stars and actors just left Capitol hill -- using their celebrity star power to oppose offshore oil drilling and seismic testing. Before the spotlight fades, can you donate here to help us run ads to stop the oil exploration, save whales and protect our oceans and climate?
Last night, celebrities Ted Danson, Kate Walsh and Sam Waterston joined approximately 100 coastal leaders from Delaware to Florida, in Washington, D.C. to urge President Obama to abandon his plan to open the Atlantic Ocean to industrial offshore drilling. Oceana’s Coastal Voices Summit, united Atlantic leaders against offshore drilling and seismic blasting with more than 100 East Coast municipalities standing up to Big Oil.
Tuesday's event was followed by a lobby day on Capitol Hill today, where Walsh and Atlantic leaders met with federal elected and appointed officials to stress the importance of protecting the East Coast from offshore drilling exploration and development.
“It has only been six years since the Gulf oil spill, and it seems as if our government has forgotten that it ever occurred,” said Kate Walsh, actress and ocean advocate. “Everywhere we’ve drilled, we’ve spilled, and it’s time to stop this dirty and dangerous cycle before it starts in the Atlantic. It’s time for President Obama to say no to East Coast drilling.”1
This is our moment! Donate here to help us run newspaper ads in South Carolina to show President Obama and everyone that we want an immediate halt to offshore oil exploration in the Southeast before Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management opens the lease program!
Offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous. The question is not whether there will be another spill, but when. The Obama administration is considering opening the Atlantic to offshore drilling, spanning from Virginia to Georgia. At the same time, the federal government is close to permitting the use of seismic airguns to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in an area twice the size of California, stretching all the way from Delaware to Florida.
Coastal opposition to these activities continues to mount. As of today, 102 East Coast municipalities, 100 Members of Congress, over 660 state and local elected officials and roughly 750 business interests have all publicly opposed offshore drilling, citing threats to marine life, coastal communities and local economies. Along the Atlantic coast, nearly 1.4 million jobs and over $95 billion in gross domestic product rely on healthy ocean ecosystems, mainly through fishing, tourism and recreation.3
This is the moment to raise our voices and stop it! The expanded use of seismic testing could devastate marine life, harming fisheries and coastal economies, especially in South Carolina. But if we act fast, we can dial up the volume on this issue right when President Obama is sure to be listening. Donate $5 or $10 to make sure President Obama sees that we want an immediate halt to offshore oil exploration and then share with your networks through social media and email.
Thank you for everything you do,
Sally and the Save the Whales and Our Oceans Team at Environmental Action
1. Gangitano, Alex. Celebrities to Fight Atlantic Offshore Drilling. Roll Call. January 21, 2016.
2. Ted Danson, Kate Walsh & Sam Waterston Join Coastal Leaders in Washington to Urge President Obama to Abandon Atlantic Drilling. Oceana. January 27, 2015.
3. Warrick, Joby. As decision nears, opposition builds to offshore drilling along Atlantic Coast. The Washington Post. December 20, 2015.