The Department of the Interior announced in January 2018 a draft proposed 5 year lease program that would dramatically expand offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The plan targets over 90% of all federal waters for new oil and gas lease sales including the Atlantic, Pacific, Artic, and Gulf of Mexico.
Ways to get involved:
1. Submit Comments to BOEM:
As of January 8, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has opened a 60 day public comment period on the Draft Proposed Program.
2. Contact Local Coastal Businesses:
Reach out to your local coastal businesses and ask them to sign-on to this Surfrider letter stating they oppose offshore drilling.
3. Sign our Surfrider Letter:
This letter can be signed here by anyone opposed to offshore drilling.
4. Lobby in Trenton:
You can attend the Trenton lobbying day on February 14th: Public Meeting New Jersey Offshore Oil Drilling. Please visit our Facebook post for more information.
Please see the National Surfrider blog post and campaign page for additional information on what you can do to stop offshore drilling.