Stop Offshore Oil Drilling in California

Oil Rigs to Return to California’s Coast?

The Trump Administration has announced plans to open California waters to off-shore oil drilling.

Obviously, California residents are concerned.

Offshore oil drilling is terrible for the environment, and our economy.  In 1969, 4.5 million gallons of oil spilled off the Coast of Santa Barbara inspiring the environmental movement and the creation of CEQA, NEPA and the EPA.  As of 2010, 69% of Californians oppose off-shore oil drilling.

The Current Situation

The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released a Draft Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2019 – 2024 which, if approved, would open thousands of miles of U.S. coastline to oil drilling, including regions of the Pacific that have been protected for decades. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has opened a 60-day comment period for citizens to provide feedback on the proposal. The agency will also hold public hearings in affected communities in the coming weeks.

This draft proposes six new off-shore oil leases for California; two in Northern California, two in Central California and two in Southern California.  The first lease will be sold in 2020 in Southern California, followed by two more sales in 2021, one in 2022 and two in 2023.  There have been no new oil leases in the Pacific Region since 1984.

BOEM Map Of Areas With Oil Drilling

[1] http://www.ppic.org/press-release/in-big-shift-californians-oppose-offshore-oil-drilling/

What Can You Do?

Submit Public Comments:

Read the Draft Proposal (https://www.boem.gov/NP-Draft-Proposed-Program-2019-2024) and send the BOEM your comment. 

Directions for Submitting Comments are available online.

https://www.boem.gov/National-Program-Comment/#submitcomments

Attend a Public Hearing

The BOEM will be having ONE public meeting in California on this proposal. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sacramento Public Library (Tsakopoulos Library Galleria)

828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Take Action:

Contact Members of Congress most likely to initially support this bad idea.  Tell them to oppose the Trump admin plans to drill in CA.

Contact the elected Members of Congress most likely to initially support this bad idea.  Tell them to oppose the Trump admin plans to drill in CA. Calls and social media are very effective. If you live in their district, make that fact known.

 

AD42 - Ken Calvert

Phone: 202-225-1986

Fax: 202-225-2004

@KenCalvert

 

AD08 - Paul Cook

Phone: 202-225-5861

Fax: 202-225-6498

@RepPaulCook

 

AD10 - Jeff Denham

Phone: 202-225-4540

Fax: 202-225-3402

@RepJeffDenham

 

AD50 - Duncan Hunter

Phone: 202-225-5672

Fax: 202-225-0235

@Rep_Hunter

 

AD04 - Tom McClintock

Phone: 202-225-2511

Fax: 202-225-5444

@RepMcClintock

 

AD22 - Devin Nunes

Phone: 202-225-2523

Fax: 202-225-3404

@DevinNunes

 

AD48 - Dana Rohrabacher

Phone: 202-225-2415

Fax: 202-225-0145

@RepRohrabacher

AD49 - Darrell Issa

Phone: 202-225-3906

Fax: 202-225-3303

@DarrellIssa

 

AD25 - Steve Knight

Phone: 202-225-1956

Fax: 202-226-0683

@SteveKnight25

 

AD01 - Doug LaMalfa

Phone: 202-225-3076

Fax: 202-225-0852

@RepLaMalfa

 

AD23 - Kevin McCarthy

Phone: 202-225-2915

Fax: 202-225-2908

@GOPLeader

 

AD39 - Ed Royce

Phone: 202-225-4111

Fax: 202-226-0335

@RepEdRoyce

 

AD21 - David Valadao

Phone: 202-225-4695

Fax: 202-225-3196

@RepDavidValadao

 

AD45 - Mimi Walters

Phone: 202-225-5611

Fax: 202-225-9177

@RepMimiWalters

 

Learn More:

Surfrider Foundation Fact Sheet:  http://publicfiles.surfrider.org/NTA/Fact-Sheet-120817.pdf

National Resource Defense Council Fact Sheet https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/offshore.pdf

Wilderness Society Fact Sheet:  https://wilderness.org/sites/default/files/Fact%20Sheet%20Drilling%20in%20America%20February%202011_1_5.pdf