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Offshore Drilling

Overview

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.

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Key Facts

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.

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Grassroots Opposition to Offshore Drilling

Oceana has created an East Coast opposition page against offshore drilling complete with factsheets, resolutions, editorials, and more.

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Spoiled Parks

NRDC and the National Parks Conservation Association have compiled a report detailing the threats to 68 coastal national parks from oil and gas drilling.

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Oil and Tourism Don’t Mix

Oceana compiled a factsheet detailing the economic impacts that the BP oil spill had.

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Dirty Drilling

Oceana released a report that finds offshore drilling remains dirty and dangerous nine years after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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