"People protect what they love"
- Jacques Cousteau
This represents the second in a series of blogs by the American Littoral Society to help empower our members and fellow citizens of the coast to stand in opposition to the proposal made by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program). The proposal calls for the largest sellout of offshore oil and gas in U.S. history. We encourage you to visit our first blog to learn more about what the plan proposes, what’s at risk, and how can you get involved.
There is little doubt that the love affair between people and the coast is undying. Generation after generation, residents and visitors alike, have come together and spent countless hours enjoying our nation’s beaches. Whether it is to fish, swim, or boat – citizens flock to the coast, visiting businesses and attractions along our shores. It’s an affection that comes easy to most, which makes it even more vital that we come together to fight to protect what we love: the ocean.
We hope you will join us for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s (Mid-Atlantic RPB) first webinar of 2018 which will focus on next steps toward designating Ecologically Rich Areas (ERAs) in the Mid-Atlantic ocean.
Knowing where these special ecological places exist is crucial, now more than ever, to ensure informed decision making about future uses in our Mid-Atlantic ocean, as well as strengthening the ways we can protect the ocean and coast now.
What is the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program and how will it affect you?
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This represents the first in a series of blogs developed by the American Littoral Society, meant to help empower our members and fellow citizens of the coast to stand up in opposition of the recent proposal made by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
Looking for a quick way to engage? Sign our petition to Secretary Zinke opposing new offshore drilling along the U.S. coastline.
On January 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a new proposal for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program), calling for the largest sell-off of offshore oil and gas in U.S. history. This post outlines the next steps in this proposal process, dives deeper into what is proposed, and analyzes the potential impacts on our ocean and coasts, as well as the coastal communities that rely on them for jobs and money.