According to Bloomberg Government, the new Administration will be issuing an executive order opening the Pacific Coast to new oil and natural gas drilling this Friday.
Please join me in co-sponsoring H.R. 169, the West Coast Protection Act. This legislation would permanently protect the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts from the dangers of offshore drilling. The Pacific Coast is one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, supporting salmon, Dungeness crab, rockfish, and shellfish populations. In addition to other coastal industries, these fisheries bring in over $44 billion and support nearly 650, 000 jobs across the three states.
The risks associated with offshore drilling along the Pacific Coast far outweigh associated benefits. The last oil spill in this region occurred in 1969 in the Santa Barbara Channel, ranking as the third largest oil spill in the U.S., after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spills. Devastating impacts of the Santa Barbara oil spill include the killing off of thousands of birds, fish, and sea mammals. The unparalleled scope of this disaster contributed to President Nixon signing the National Environment Policy Act in 1969. Join us in protecting coastal communities, local economies, and fragile ocean ecosystems along the West Coast from this imminent attack from the new Administration by co-sponsoring this Act.
Specifically, this legislation:
Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit new oil or natural gas leases in the outer continental shelves of California, Oregon, or Washington.
If you would like to co-sponsor, or have any questions, please contact Denise Devotta at Denise.Devotta@mail.house.gov or 6-3629.