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.
It’s time for a change. The Department of the Interior announced the launch of a comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas program, including a review of offshore oil and gas activities. By early summer, the Department plans to release a report that will outline recommendations “to improve stewardship of our public lands and waters” and transition to a “just and equitable energy future.”
The new review process gives members of the public—that's you!—a chance to urge the Department of the Interior to be a better steward of our ocean.
Take action by telling the Department of the Interior that we must transition—rapidly and responsibly—from fossil fuel production to renewable energy sources.
Speak up for the ocean today before the comment period closes.