Residents of North Carolina’s Outer Banks gather in Kill Devil Hills to protest oil and gas activities off their coast. Photo courtesy of Randy Sturgill, Oceana.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the the largest petroleum spill in the history of the industry and the worst environmental disaster in United States history – the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
It has been 1825 days since the blowout and the longterm impacts on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and coastal economies continues to unfold. Still, deep sea drilling and surveying continues to expand along U.S. waters, and in early January the Obama Administration offered up a new swath of the nation’s coastline for oil and gas activities: the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Part I of this series is a Scuttlefish feture that dives into what you need to know about the who, what, why, when and where of oil and gas exploration and drilling in the the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
Here, in Part II of this series, TheScuttlefish asked Oceana to help bring you the ‘Top Ten’ actions you can take to protect your coast at both national and state levels now.
Public meeting on oil and gas activities in South Carolina on Pawley’s Island. As of April 16th, Oceana has helped over 50 coastal towns in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and New Jersey pass city ordinances and resolutions against oil exploration off their shores. On April 14, 2015, Oceana delivered more than 420,000 signatures to the director of the Bureau of Energy Managment in opposition to any oil and gas activities. Photography courtesy of Samantha Siegel.
With the ‘top ten’ actions below, you can help avoid a disaster similar to the Deepwater Horizon blowout in your state. Photo by Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace.