In response to recent efforts to expand offshore drilling, states are actively working to protect coastlines and prevent new exploration. After the federal government announced a plan to vastly expand offshore drilling in 2018, over 225 state legislators signed a letter opposing the expanded leasing program as a threat to coastal states’ environment and economies. While the current administration has placed a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing through an Executive Order, states continue to take action to prevent future drilling and exploration through resolutions, restrictions, and liability laws.
NCEL Point of Contact
Ocean Program ManagerContact
Over 300 municipalities and over 2,000 elected local, state, and federal officials have formally opposed offshore drilling and exploration.
Offshore drilling would threaten 68 coastal national park sites.
The Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coast of Florida support over 2.6 million American jobs and roughly $180 billion in GDP.
Offshore Drilling and Environmental Justice
Offshore drilling is incompatible with public health and the interests of coastal communities that depend on healthy oceans for their health, livelihoods, and cultural identity.