WASHINGTON – Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a hearing on new legislation to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), which would provide industry giveaways for offshore drilling. If passed, the Accessing Strategic Resources Offshore Act (ASTRO Act) would help expedite the oil and gas industry’s efforts to expand dirty and dangerous offshore drilling to new areas in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans as well as the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Specifically, the legislation seeks to:
In response to the hearing, Oceana released the following statement from campaign director, Diane Hoskins:
“This bill is an aggressive attack on our oceans. It’s the industry’s wish list, with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. To call this bill extreme is an understatement. This is a clear attempt by a few in Congress to provide massive giveaways to special interests in the oil and gas industry. With an oil surplus and gasoline prices near recent historic lows, it makes absolutely no sense to put our coastal communities and state economies at risk from more drilling.
If this bill were enacted, almost any area off our coasts could be eligible for offshore drilling. Worse, these public resources could be exploited without regard to public input.
Offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous business, as our country saw after the Deepwater Horizon spill. More drilling means more spills. It’s time for Washington to listen to those that have the most to lose from expanding offshore drilling versus advancing proposals that attempt to side step and silence the public.”
As of today, opposition and concern over offshore drilling activities includes:
To learn more about Oceana’s campaign to stop the expansion of offshore drilling activities, please click here.
Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With nearly 200 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. To learn more about Oceana’s work in the United States, please visit www.usa.oceana.org