Trump’s Department of the Interior has proposed opening 90% of US coasts to offshore drilling -- even in states that don't want it. At the same time, Congress is moving to dismantle safety regulations that were enacted after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They also failed to renew a longstanding oil tax that funds cleanup efforts for oil spills.
It almost sounds too sinister to be true -- they want to open 90% of our coasts to drilling but won't enforce basic safety standards or fund programs to clean up the inevitable spills.
If Trump's plan becomes reality, spills will be inevitable -- and devastating. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged 1,313 miles of coastline. That's more than the entire length of California, or half the Atlantic coast. Offshore oil spills happen frequently, devastating marine environments, commercial fishing industries, and tourism businesses. Even without spills, offshore oil causes pollution.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is accepting comments on the proposed plan through March 9th. Submit your comment and tell them to keep oil rigs away from our coasts!
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