The Trump oil and gas plan has suffered a major setback. Instead of forging ahead with a new five-year offshore oil and gas plan that aimed to open up almost all of America’s coastline to risky offshore drilling—the new Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, announced this plan would be delayed indefinitely.
While this is very good news—we need to stay vigilant!
Let’s use this time to build support for Congressional action that will protect important and sensitive ocean areas.
Members of Congress have proposed legislation that would protect key parts of our ocean from the threat of offshore drilling. But, they need to hear that their constituents support this legislation so the bills are passed into laws that are enforced on the water.
Congressional action is necessary because Secretary Bernhardt has not officially stopped the offshore drilling planning process, and there is no reason to think the Trump administration will step back from its efforts to expand offshore drilling. Secretary Bernhardt has repeatedly catered to the oil and gas industry at the direct expense of a healthy ocean and the communities that depend on it.
It’s time for us to roll up our sleeves, speak up and ask Congress to pass legislation that protects important ocean areas from the threat of offshore drilling.