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Tell Secretary Zinke -- No drilling in our oceans!

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Horrible! The Trump administration just announced they're making new plans to expand drilling off America's coasts.

The announcement that this administration will develop a new Five Year Plan for offshore drilling, made July 3 by Secretary Zinke, reopens plans to drill off our coasts, creating a potential for wide-scale disaster in our oceans. It also brazenly ignores permanent protections put in place for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and hits reset on the plan the Obama administration completed only 6 months ago. 

Disaster after disaster has shown that Big Oil and Gas cannot be trusted. Their track record includes the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, a failed attempt by Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean, the Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, a major oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast, and the oil spill and leak of gas in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. These tragedies can not be allowed to happen again.

We will not not allow this administration to jeopardize our communities, waters, and wildlife! Take action now to tell Secretary Zinke: the people have spoken -- no drilling off our coasts!

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No offshore drilling!
I am deeply disappointed in your decision to reopen the five-year offshore drilling planning process. Over the last multi-year process, the 3.3 million public comments and 36 public meetings that went into creating this plan, this is an incredible waste of public resources to reopen that recently concluded process. In addition, this decision flies in the face of permanent protections that exist in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans: protections that people like me support, and must remain in place to protect American waters, communities, and wildlife. The previous administration didn't propose drilling in the Pacific because of the steadfast opposition of western coastal states, but opposition to proposals to oil leases in the Atlantic and Arctic was also incredibly strong, and those were eventually dropped as well. This is true even in Republican-led states, like North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, where 90% of coastal cities passed resolutions against offshore drilling and/or seismic testing. Similarly, Shell gave up its plans to pursue oil in the Arctic because of the strong public opposition and extreme costs, risks, and difficulty of doing so. It simply doesn't make sense to go against the public will and waste taxpayer money on reconsidering the 2017-2022 offshore oil lease plan. Please protect our oceans and coastlines from new offshore oil development.
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