The Trump administration has opened up almost all U.S. waters to offshore drilling, and at the same time has been weakening Obama-era safety rules and environmental protections enacted after the Deepwater Horizon spill, according to a new report by Oceana.
On April 20, 2010, when the BP Deepwater Horizon exploded, 11 people died, more than 210 million gallons of oil poured into the ocean and polluted over 1,300 miles of shoreline.
Trump doesn't care. In April 2017, shortly after assuming office, he signed executive orders named "Unleashing American Energy" making it easier for companies to develop oil and gas projects and harder for states to stop them.
While Obama protected approximately 94% of the the U.S. from offshore drilling, Trump decided to open all but 1 region to such drilling. The only reason he didn't go after the final region is because Republican President George W. Bush had protected it.
The only people who are cheering this move are those at the head of the largest fossil fuel corporations. Even Republican Governors are vowing to fight back in order to protect their states' beautiful coastlines and tourist industries. In fact, luckily, that's why we haven't seen more offshore drilling yet. Trump's executive order has been bogged down in court proceedings from various lawsuits — and we have to keep it that way. This plan must not go into action.
Please sign my petition calling on the Department of the Interior to end the expansion of offshore drilling, to increase the number of inspections of oil drilling and to stop using industry-written standards as their guideline.