On April 12, 2016 Shell Oil released over 80,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, creating a slick that stretched over 13 miles, and endangering threatened sea turtles, whales, and other important marine life.
Those who love the Gulf Coast ask our leaders in DC - "Again?"
How long will we suffer the ongoing abuses of this dirty, dangerous industry? As you consider offering 92.2 million MORE acres of the Gulf to oil and gas exploration and development we urge you to remember this and all the spills created by the industry, especially the 2010 BP drilling disaster.
Spills such as these demonstrate the dire impacts the industry can and will continue to bring to the Gulf. Even without spills, slicks and sheen, we know the carbon pollution linked to new oil and gas development will continue to threaten and doom our coast and communities.
Any new oil development must follow through on President Obama's promise to "change the way we manage our oil and coal resources so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet."
It's time to more appropriately balance the needs of the environment, the coast, the climate and our communities - your current assessments fail to do this. Cancel these lease sales now!
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