You’ll need to act right now if you want to save your favorite coastline from Trump’s massive offshore drilling proposal. This extreme plan for endless offshore rigs covers virtually every square inch of America’s long-protected coastal waters, the only exceptions being Alaska’s Bristol Bay and whatever few National Marine Sanctuaries might escape the current Administration’s ongoing unjustified “review” of them.
Comments from the public are due by March 9, 2018 and are best submitted online. Trump’s proposal, called the “Five-Year Offshore Drilling Plan”, would dictate extensive leasing of our ocean waters to oil companies between 2019 and 2024.
Your own comments are essential because the Interior Secretary has pledged to consider local voices and is specifically required under the law to listen to coastal governors and stakeholders in balancing the relative oil and gas potential with the environmental sensitivity and economic value of clean coastal waters for each impacted region.
The latest Department of Interior drilling maps show the locations, frequency, and proposed dates of the numbered “lease sales” intended to be sold off to the oil industry.
Although you may have heard that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had recently promised Florida Governor Rick Scott that his state’s waters would be “off the table” under Trump’s ramped-up offshore drilling plans, in recognition of Florida’s clean-coast economy, Interior Department officials now appear to have suddenly reversed that promise. Each of Florida’s pending offshore lease sales remains on all maps still being distributed by the Administration. Meanwhile, the beloved beaches of Oregon, California, and Washington State, plus the entire Atlantic Coast from Georgia to New England, and even the fragile Arctic Ocean and other pristine Alaskan waters, are also being targeted for offshore drilling as part of this same plan.
Please take a few moments to include your own thoughts in the draft comment letter provided here and then simply paste it into the online comment form. You can add whatever new information you wish, explaining why protecting the coast is so important to you and to your community, and then just clickto follow up and comment.
Thanks very much.
The Ocean Foundation
(You may also submit your comments via U.S. Mail – as long as your submission arrives prior to March 9, 2018 – by sending them in an envelope labeled “Comments for the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas Leasing Program” to Ms. Kelly Hammerle, Chief, National Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development and Coordination Branch, Leasing Division, Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (VAM-LD), 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166-9216)