The Department of Interior, under the direction of President Trump, wants to deregulate offshore drilling and expand leases for drilling in the Arctic, parts of the Atlantic, and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
As the Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke said in April, “Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy independent.”
We disagree with this strategy. With solar and wind technologies becoming more affordable, it is foolish to invest in old models that put our entire state at risk.
Our tourism and fishery economies were decimated by the 2010 BP oil spill, which we all remember vividly. It has been documented as the worst of its kind in history.
President Trump’s April 28 offshore drilling Executive Order proposes to:
|Open up previously restricted locations in the Arctic, Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil exploration and drilling.
|Review and possibly weaken or eliminate safety rules that prevent disasters such as the BP oil spill.
|Speed up permitting for seismic testing (to find oil), which disturbs, injures and kills marine life.
|Review and possibly eliminate all marine sanctuaries and monuments designated in the past 10 years.
We believe the risks involved in offshore drilling are too great and the reward too little. And we need your help as conservation voters, tell the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management: No drilling. No way.