SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS BY MARCH 9 TO PROTECT THE OCEAN AND COAST!
On January 4, 2018 the Department of the Interior released a Draft Proposed Plan for new offshore oil and gas leases. This radical proposal puts over 90 percent of our offshore waters up for lease to the oil and gas industry. We are working to empower citizens to make raising your voice as easy and meaningful as possible. Your comments must be submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management by March 9.
This ill-conceived leasing plan puts our coastal communities, health, and national security in harm’s way. Allowing this proposal to advance will put tourism economies at risk of being destroyed; leave historic fishing livelihoods one spill away from being shut down and devastated for years; and could cause decades of living and playing along our beautiful oil-free shores to be completely swept away by a dirty, polluting industry.
Take action! Join us in opposition by sharing your personal perspectives by March 9. Your individual opposition is the most powerful way to convey to our federal representatives why this plan must be abandoned.
Share your stories about the importance of clean water and healthy coasts to your quality of life; the marine life you care about that would be threatened; the number of members in your beach association and the potential affect on your homes and investments; and your fishing trips to on the ocean, bays and tidal estuaries. If you own a shore business, share your economic data if possible. Convey how much you spend to rent a home at the shore or to join a beach club; talk about how often you eat local seafood each year; or share the value of time your family spends at the beach.
Learn more and see sample topics for your comments by reading our blog posts: “What is the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program and how will it affect you?”; “Now is the Time to Protect Our Ocean and Coasts from Big Oil”; and “10 reasons to kick Big Oil to the curb”
Thank you for helping to protect our ocean and coast!