Offshore Drilling Protest/ Hearing
Embassy Suites by Hilton
5901 North IH-35
Austin, TX 78723
Date and time:
Feb. 6, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Facebook event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/161845094543965/
Under a new Trump Administration plan, bidding for offshore oil and gas leases could begin as early as 2019 in almost all federal waters - opening up vast new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is hold 23 hearings across the country, including one in Austin, to hear from the public on the plan.
BOEM writes "At the meetings, participants can ask questions, share information, talk with our team members one-on-one, and learn more about the National OCS Program. We also encourage participants to submit written comments to inform BOEM of specific issues, impacting factors, environmental resources, alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigation measures to consider in its analyses."
Oil and gas drilling is an inherently dirty and dangerous business. There is simply no safe way to drill. By allowing offshore drilling in more of our coastal waters, the Trump administration increases the chances of a dangerous oil spill. Opening these areas to drilling endangers sea life including whales, dolphins, and sea turtles, as well as the life and livelihoods of Texans and all Americans in coastal communities.
Public opposition to the proposed plan could still make a difference. It did during the Obama administration.
During President Barack Obama’s second term, his administration, under pressure from coastal communities and environmentalists, created a five-year plan that protected the Atlantic and Arctic from drilling. Then, just before leaving office, President Obama announced additional protections for parts of the Arctic and Atlantic. But after President Obama left office, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order vacating these additional protections. The matter is currently being litigated.
Today’s proposed plan is only the second stage in the approval process -- and it is open to public comment. Once the Trump administration formally releases the plan, the public will have an opportunity to comment.
Everyone who cares about clean and healthy oceans should make his or her voice heard by commenting against this proposal. We will fight for our coasts by fighting this plan.