Meet Senior Attorney Sierra Weaver, who goes above and beyond to protect our coast from offshore drilling and seismic blasting.
Protect Our Coast
Despite overwhelming opposition from Atlantic states and hundreds of coastal communities, the Trump administration proposed in 2018 opening nearly all U.S. waters to offshore drilling – including the previously off-limits Atlantic coast.
However, the administration has recently announced a moratorium on leasing the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida for offshore drilling. Despite this sudden policy swing, the administration is still pushing for seismic blasting in those areas, and the administration’s own comments have raised doubts about the veracity of the temporary stand-down.
“I’m extending the moratorium to North Carolina and Virginia,” President Trump told a crowd gathered to hear him in Newport News, Va., on Nov. 25. He then added, “And if you want to have oil rigs out there just let me know, we’ll take it off.”
We need to keep the pressure on to keep drilling away from our coast.
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Although it’s not clear how – or even if -- the White House will honor these assertions as these next months pass, it is clear the administration is still pursuing seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean and that the administration has rolled back safety measures that were put in place after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
And it is clear that if drilling is allowed in half of the Atlantic Coast states, the other states’ beaches and economies are still at risk. Oil spills don’t stop at imaginary lines on a map.
So rather than celebrate these changes, we need your voice louder than ever in the fight for our coast. And we will especially need your voice should the administration rescind these protections, as the White House has said it may.
We need a permanent drilling ban for the Atlantic Ocean. And until that happens, your help and your voice will be critical.
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Economic Impact of Coastal Travel and Tourism
Source: Unless otherwise cited, numbers are based on 2018 data from the U.S. Travel Association “Economic Impact Map” broken out by coastal Congressional Districts https://www.ustravel.org/economic-impact
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a spill so bad scientists are still assessing the damage it caused. Back then, SELC brought the nation’s first challenge to pause new drilling while the disaster was still unfolding. And now, the lessons learned from those battles shapes our work to protect the Atlantic Ocean.
5 WAYS TO TAKE ACTION
1. Be ready to submit comments as soon as the public comment period opens. Sign up above to receive an alert.
3. Submit a letter to the editor or an op-ed to your daily and weekly news media outlets. Click here for suggested language and tips for submitting your perspective.
4. Learn more about why this matters—check out this interactive map to explore the economic and environmental risks of offshore drilling by clicking the boxes to display different information. Zoom in to explore specific areas, and print your own map.
5. Show your opposition to offshore drilling on social media with the hashtag: #ProtectOurCoast