For decades our coasts were protected from new offshore oil drilling. However, in 2008, President Bush and Congress lifted the federal moratorium on new offshore drilling making our nation’s ocean and coastlines vulnerable to the expansion of oil and gas development.
Now, the federal government is considering opening up the Mid- and South Atlantic, the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Arctic Ocean to new oil drilling in their next five-year drilling plan. After the catastrophic effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the recent spill in Santa Barbara, California, have our nation’s leaders not learned anything?
Please ask your representatives in Congress to protect the Atlantic, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic ocean from new offshore drilling and to restore a federal moratorium on the expansion of offshore drilling into new areas!