Offshore Drilling

The Problem

One of the gravest threats to our oceans and our planet is a changing climate. Unprecedented levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are warming the planet and disrupting weather patterns, leading to flooding, melting ice, rising seas, droughts and the devastation of ecosystems on land and at sea. Offshore oil drilling is a sizable contributor to carbon dioxide emissions, and an underreported generator of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Additionally, offshore drilling for oil and gas threatens marine life and ecosystems due to the constant threat of oil well blowouts. An Oceana report showed that at least 7,000 oil spills occurred in U.S. waters between 2007 and 2018. Despite their frequency, clean-up methods are generally ineffective and have remained largely unchanged since the late 1980s. This means that oceans and marine wildlife are no safer than they were when BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, unleashing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Today, another disaster may even be more likely as the industry drills in riskier places, deeper and further offshore. The threat of offshore drilling looms in the U.S., where President Trump proposed to open nearly all federal waters to oil and gas development.

Take Action

We are working to prevent the expansion of offshore drilling in the United States. You can help protect our vibrant oceans and marine life with Oceana right now.

Tell U.S. Congress to oppose President Trump’s plan to expand dangerous offshore drilling before our oceans, marine life, and communities pay the ultimate price.

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