Your Voice is Needed NOW to Help Protect Our Coast
Photo: Feb. 3 Protect Our Coast Rally in Ventura
Action Item: BEFORE Noon on March 9:
- Submit your comment to the Federal, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). HERE. Tell the feds you oppose the new offshore drilling proposal for the Pacific.
The federal government has proposed plans to open up our coastline (and much of the coast of the entire United States) to NEW offshore drilling. This plan is widely opposed by the public, elected officials and business owners who all recognize risks to our coastal economy, quality of life and environment this plan poses.
There is ONE WEEK LEFT in the public comment period for the new offshore drilling plan - help us reach One Million Comments opposing the plan.
Here is the website to submit your online comment: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BOEM-2017-0074
What should you say in your comments?
Tell how the ocean/beaches/coast is important in your life, share stories about your family and/or business relying on the clean and healthy ocean and beach. List the specific locations/beaches that you enjoy. Explain the facts about how you think new offshore drilling would impact the areas you enjoy, visit and rely on.
Here is recent information on California's Ocean Economy: http://centerfortheblueeconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/CALIFORNIA-OCEAN-AND-COASTAL-ECONOMIES.3.4.15.pdf
On Jan. 4 2018, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that the entire coast of California (North, Central, South Coasts) is listed as part of a new draft program to expand oil and gas drilling in oceans around the country. The Gulf, Alaska and Atlantic are also part of the draft program.
Most Californians strongly oppose offshore drilling so political leaders from both major parties have prevented federal offshore leasing here since 1984. Trump’s proposal (issued through executive order) to sell decades-long Pacific leases to oil companies is a radical move with little popular support. Here is the BOEM website with details about the new program.
CFROG opposes additional offshore oil and gas drilling because it is risky and jeopardizes our ocean, and the coastal communities and economies that rely on a clean and healthy ocean. And offshore drilling has become more dangerous since Trump’s oil industry-backed appointees have moved to revoke drilling safety rules adopted after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Ventura County depends on our clean ocean waters and beaches - we must do all we can to protect our coast.
* Let us know if your city council puts a resolution on the agenda for approval and if you want help advocating for this in your city or with your supervisor please call CFROG Executive Director, Kimberly Rivers, 805-727-1393.