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


What Can You Do?

Submit Public Comments:

Read the Draft Proposal ( and send the BOEM your comment. 

Directions for Submitting Comments are available online.

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



AD08 - Paul Cook

Phone: 202-225-5861

Fax: 202-225-6498



AD10 - Jeff Denham

Phone: 202-225-4540

Fax: 202-225-3402



AD50 - Duncan Hunter

Phone: 202-225-5672

Fax: 202-225-0235



AD04 - Tom McClintock

Phone: 202-225-2511

Fax: 202-225-5444



AD22 - Devin Nunes

Phone: 202-225-2523

Fax: 202-225-3404



AD48 - Dana Rohrabacher

Phone: 202-225-2415

Fax: 202-225-0145


AD49 - Darrell Issa

Phone: 202-225-3906

Fax: 202-225-3303



AD25 - Steve Knight

Phone: 202-225-1956

Fax: 202-226-0683



AD01 - Doug LaMalfa

Phone: 202-225-3076

Fax: 202-225-0852



AD23 - Kevin McCarthy

Phone: 202-225-2915

Fax: 202-225-2908



AD39 - Ed Royce

Phone: 202-225-4111

Fax: 202-226-0335



AD21 - David Valadao

Phone: 202-225-4695

Fax: 202-225-3196



AD45 - Mimi Walters

Phone: 202-225-5611

Fax: 202-225-9177



Learn More:

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