sea guardiAN UPDATE 1/16/18
The Pacific coastline has been protected from offshore drilling since the disastrous 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, which dumped an estimated 3 million gallons of oil into the ocean, killing thousands of seabirds, sea mammals and marine life. This dreadful event led to the foundation of U.S. environmental law, the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act, and the formation of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, making California a leader in environmental activism. Now, almost 50 years later, The Interior Department revealed a plan to open 90% of federal coastal waters to offshore drilling.
While Florida has been removed from the hit list, the Pacific coastal states are all prepared to fight. In California, where no new federal leases offshore have been approved since 1984, Governor Jerry Brown joined governors of Oregon and Washington in a promise to do "whatever it takes" to prevent any drilling off the West Coast. Good news is that the golden state has strong regulations and legal means to support the protection of our offshore waters...
“The question of to-drill-or-not-to-drill has already been asked and answered" said Diane Hoskins, campaign director at environmental group Oceana in an interview with Politico Magazine. “This plan proposes to open up places that have been closed to drilling for more than 30 years, and we expect those communities to make their voices heard.”
Want to be part of the solution? ADD YOUR VOICE BY SIGNING HEAL THE BAY, CALIFORNIA COASTAL KEEPER ALLIANCE, + SURFRIDER FOUNDATION'S PETITION TO PROTECT OUR OCEANS FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING.