Stop New Oil and Gas Leasing in America's Oceans

Four years ago, America's worst oil disaster, the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, killed eleven people and gushed 210 million gallons of oil into the ocean. Today at least 14 species, including birds, fish and dolphins are struggling to survive and the once lucrative fishing, tourism and recreation economies of the Gulf have not recovered.

Offshore drilling is not only dangerous to our oceans, marine life and people; increasing offshore oil drilling will accelerate climate change. If we are serious about avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we have to keep dirty fuels like oil and gas in the ground.

Yet, the Obama administration is setting the stage for future oil drilling in our oceans from the Arctic to the Atlantic over the next several years!

Send a comment to the administration and tell them to say no to new gas and oil leases and protect our oceans, wildlife and climate from destructive oil drilling!
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.

[Your comments here]

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.

Sincerely,
[Your name]
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