Please ask your Senators to oppose legislation to dramatically expand offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (HR 2231) recently passed by the House would double the amount of drillingoff our coasts by requiring the Department of the Interior to lease at least 50% of unleased acreage with the greatest resources.
Effectively, this would mean new offshore drilling off every U.S. coastline, including the states of California, Virginia, South Carolina, and Alaska. The bill would also reduce environmental review for new drilling, despite overwhelming evidence that oversight for offshore drillinge needs to be enhanced.
Expanding drilling in U.S. waters will put our coastal communities at risk from ecological and economic harm. Our nation's coasts provide billions of dollars in economic revenue through recreation, tourism, and healthy seafood. We must protect these benefits by preventing the expansion of offshore drilling.
Please make your voice heard and tell your Senators that you support protecting our coasts from the needless expansion of offshore oil and gas development.