Our oceans are being blasted every 10 seconds and it's killing marine life. Click here to tell Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to stop deafening the whales in search of oil.
We did it! Thanks to your amazing help, we were able to put a full page ad in a South Carolina newspaper asking people to take action against Atlantic offshore drilling.
We are still waiting on a final Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plan for five-year oil and gas leasing off the coast of South Carolina and other Southeastern states. We are hoping that with a strong coalition of residents and local / national groups, we can show the disapproval of drilling and seismic testing to put a stop to it before it even begins.
This action is so important because of coastal communities like ones along the Gulf Coast that have endured immense devastation since the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout off the Gulf Coast. They have seen an additional 10,000 spills since then, and as a result have watched the economic decline of vital industries such as fishing and tourism.1
Despite the known consequences of offshore drilling, the Atlantic coast could become a hub for this extreme practice in the next five years if a plan proposed by the Obama administration goes through.2 Coastal towns along the Atlantic are now stepping up to protect our coasts and climate by keeping fossil fuels safely in the ground.
Let's show the world that we value our oceans and permanently remove the Atlantic from the table of all future oil and gas exploration and development. Click here to protect marine life, stop new oil exploration and prevent another oil spill by putting a stop off-shore seismic surveys -- and tell your friends too!
Offshore drilling has proven to be dirty and dangerous. And despite demand for cleaner sources of energy, the increase in affordable renewable options, and the climate agreement reached last year in Paris, Big Oil’s thirst for more is not dead yet -- nor is the threat they pose to our coastal waters and communities.
Industry studies and the region’s own governors ignore the fact that there is already an existing economy along the Atlantic coast, a $15 billion-a-year ocean economy that is built on tourism and fisheries. Both would be put in jeopardy by oil and gas development.2
It is time to raise our voices and keep oil rigs out of our oceans! Click here to put a stop to oil leases and seismic testing off the East Coast and share with your online network 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. The Other Gulf Oil Disaster: Chronic Offshore Pollution. SkyTruth. April 17, 2015.
2. Warrick, Joby. As decision nears, opposition builds to offshore drilling along Atlantic Coast. The Washington Post. December 20, 2015.