On Tuesday, June 1, business leaders, ocean advocates, and federal and local elected officials came together for a roundtable discussion on the importance of permanently protecting our coasts from dirty and dangerous offshore oil drilling.
The National Business Roundtable was an opportunity for business leaders from across the country to discuss the importance of healthy oceans and clean beaches for their communities and businesses, while advocating for permanent protections from offshore oil drilling off their coasts. Regional business alliance leaders provided remarks, including Thomas Kies, president of the Carteret County (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast; Robin Miller, President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Florida Gulf Coast Business Coalition; and Vipe Desai, CEO of HDX Mix and a founding member of the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast. The business leaders shared stories of the devastation caused by disastrous oil spills like the BP Deepwater Horizon tragedy and discussed the value that a healthy ocean brings to their communities.
Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) urged Congress to take up the mantle to pass permanent protections, and Marissa Knodel of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) provided an update from the Biden-Harris administration on their current leasing pause.