Stop Oil Spills Before They Start
Offshore oil drilling is a risky business. On April 20, 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, taking the lives of 11 oil rig workers and spilling an estimated 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty years earlier, on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling roughly 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound.
These and other accidents have caused severe impacts to the economies of coastal communities, resulting in closed commercial and recreational fisheries; marred beaches and shorelines; and hundreds of thousands of injured or dead birds, fish and marine mammals. Impacts from oil spills can last for decades.
The Department of the Interior has announced it will take a hard look at the federal oil and gas program, including offshore oil and gas activities. This gives members of the public—like you—an important opportunity to urge the Department of the Interior to be a better steward of our ocean.
Join us in telling the Department of Interior to transition away from fossil fuels and enforce strict safety standards to prevent oil spills.
We can’t risk another devastating spill.