Protecting our Coasts from Offshore Oil Drilling

Jan 18, 2018

Indian Beach, Trinidad, CA.
Credit Jennifer Kalt / Humboldt Baykeeper

On January 4, the Trump Administration announced its plan to open nearly all federal waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling. It would be the largest ever proposed, with 47 leases, including 6 off the California coast. In the current draft, Northern and Central CA lease sales are scheduled for 2021 and 2023.

Jennifer Savage of Surfrider Foundation joins us to discuss resistance to this outrageous plan at the local, state, and national  levels.

Tune in to learn how you can take action to protect our coast! See below for links and info. 


Part 2: Larry Glass of the Northcoast Environmental Center gives us some good news about a coalition that successfully sued to block the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s plan to spray pesticides on school grounds, private property, and even organic farms. 

Take Action: Submit a comment online by March 9!

https://www.boem.gov/National-Program-Comment/

Tips for making comments from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Helpful comments provide specifics regarding impacts to the ocean and coasts, the plants and animals, to people, and how people use the ocean; and where and when the ocean is utilized; Are fact-based; Include links to data or research.

Online petitions make it easy to comment, but it’s very important to make personal comments when you sign online petitions (see tips for making comments above).

·       Protect Our Oceans from Offshore Drilling – California Coastkeeper, Heal the Bay, and Surfrider’s petition that will be submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management before the March 9 comment deadline.

·      Ask Our Federal Leaders to Protect Our Coasts from New Offshore Drilling – Surfrider Foundation’s petition to federal officials and Congress.