Dear Secretary Jewell,
I urge you to refrain from including new leasing or drilling in Bristol Bay or the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans as part of the 2017 - 2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program.
New offshore drilling and leasing, anywhere off our coasts, would threaten billion dollar coastal economies and damage fragile and priceless coastal ecosystems with pollution and spills, and would accelerate global climate disruption.
I also oppose drilling and leasing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, an area currently protected by a Congressional moratorium until 2022.
Dirty and dangerous offshore drilling is simply incompatible with America's coastlines and beaches. The Gulf of Mexico has still not recovered from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Oil continues to wash ashore on Gulf beaches, and commercial fisheries and marine populations have not rebounded. Even twenty-five years later, fisheries and marine mammal populations of Prince William Sound have not recovered from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
If we are serious about averting an additional 2-degree temperature increase, and avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we have to keep dirty fuels like oil and gas in the ground, or in this case under the outer continental shelf.
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The President's work fighting climate disruption must extend to include protecting our coasts and beaches from drilling. The best way to do that is to disallow any lease sales in the Bristol Bay or the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, as part of the 2017 - 2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program. Furthermore, as part of the President's climate action plan I call on the Administration to cancel the existing leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas and to not approve Shell's drilling plans.