This is the last week to send your comment to President Obama's team calling for a ban on offshore drilling - especially in the Gulf where most of the oil is due to be sold. Add your name here by Thursday to help us hit 1 million comments to #KeepItInTheGround.
We had a huge victory when coastal communities and nearly half a million Americans (including over 20,000 Environmental Action members) demanded President Obama protect the Atlantic Ocean from offshore drilling. He listened, and took all new Atlantic sites off the table in his five year drilling plan.1
Now, we have another opportunity to stop dangerous drilling before it starts, but we need to be louder than ever before. Sign here to support us before the deadline on Thursday - then share with your friends!
Drilling in the Arctic is a terrible idea -- intense cold, rough waters and a lack of cleanup crews make a disastrous spill more likely, and harder to clean up. The Big Oil wouldn't even be able to drill in the Arctic if global warming hadn't already melted so much sea ice and extended the warm-season.2 Which is probably why Obama previously nixed Shell's disastrous plans to drill the arctic, and is now rumored to be leaning against new Arctic leases in this five year BOEM plan.3
But the vast majority of new oil drilling BOEM is considering is in the Gulf of Mexico - 10 out of 13 remaining leases, in fact.4 This region has been used as a pollution sacrifice zone for decades. From Keystone XL’s southern leg to new oil and gas export facilities, too often the Gulf of Mexico gets the drilling, spilling and pollution of the oil and gas industry. To add insult to injury, companies like BP, Exxon and Shell can often lease public lands like the ones BOEM is proposing to auction in this plan for as little as $2 an acre.5 And local communities including the United Houma Nation and Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw are on the verge of paying the ultimate price for decades of oil drilling and neglect: their land, their homes and their way of life.6 Enough is enough!
Now, we have one last opportunity to stop dangerous drilling before it starts, but we need to be louder than ever before. Sign here to support us before the deadline on Thursday - then share with your friends!
Drew and the Keep it In the Gulf Crew at Environmental Action.
PS - If you can, please also chip in $15, $25 or whatever you can afford to help us fight to stop ALL offshore drilling - in the Arctic, in the Gulf, the Atlantic AND the Pacific.
1 - Suzanne Goldenberg, Obama bans oil drilling along Atlantic seaboard, The Guardian, March 15, 2016
2 - Eric Wolff, Andrew Restuccia, Alex Guillén, Annie Snider, and Nick Juliano, MAIL CALL: Dem Senators to Interior: Keep it in the ground, for realz, Politico Morning Energy, June 07, 2016
3 - Samantha Page, Environmentalists Hope Obama And Trudeau’s Arctic Agreement Leads To Ban On Drilling, Think Progress, March 10, 2016
4 - BOEM, 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program
5 - Rainforest Action network, Public Lands, Private Profits, September 28, 2015
6 - Davenport, Coral and Robertson, Campbell. Resettling the First American 'Climate Refugees.' New York Times. May 3, 2016.