20-Year Ocean Advocate and Award-Winning Actor Ted Danson to Testify before Congress about Chief Threats of Offshore Drilling | Oceana USA

20-Year Ocean Advocate and Award-Winning Actor Ted Danson to Testify before Congress about Chief Threats of Offshore Drilling



Press Release Date

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Location: Washington

Ted Danson, award-winning actor, longtime ocean advocate and Oceana board member, will testify before the House Committe on Natural Resources about the "Environmental and Commercial Perspectives on Offshore Drilling" Wednesday morning, February 11. In his testimony, Danson will describe the chief threats of offshore drilling, including the impacts of the approximately 120 million gallons of oil that are discharged into the world's oceans each year.

Among the topics he will present to the Committee:

  • Threats posed by offshore drilling, including spills, leaks and other forms of pollution
  • Impacts of offshore drilling on marine wildlife, ocean ecosystems and our climate
  • Importance of switching from a dependence on fossil fuels to a focus on renewables such as offshore wind
  • Need to quickly reinstate the moratorium on offshore drilling
  • Urgency of stopping the expansion of oil and gas activities in the Arctic Ocean

For more than 20 years, Danson has worked to protect the oceans. Danson co-founded the American Oceans Campaign (AOC), which merged with other groups in 2001 to form Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on protecting and restoring the world's oceans.

WHO: Ted Danson, award-winning actor, longtime ocean advocate and Oceana board member

WHAT: Environmental and Commercial Perspectives on Offshore Drilling Hearing, House Natural Resources Committee, led by Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
9:45 a.m. press scrum in hallway outside hearing room
10 a.m. Danson's testimony

WHERE: Longworth House Office Building
Room 1324

For more information about the hearing, please click here. For more information about Danson, please click here. To learn more about Oceana, please visit www.oceana.org.