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Grassroots Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Exploration in the Atlantic Ocean and off Florida’s Gulf Coast


East Coast communities strongly oppose offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration, including seismic airgun blasting—an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface—because these activities threaten their economic well-being and quality of life.  Along the Atlantic coast, communities rely on healthy ocean ecosystems to support jobs in fishing, recreation and tourism.

More than 390 municipalities and over 2,300 elected local, state and federal officials have formally opposed offshore oil and gas drilling and seismic airgun blasting, including more than 290 along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. All the Governors along the East and West coasts – Republicans and Democrats alike – have expressed concerns with and/or opposition to expanded oil and gas exploration, development, and production off their coasts, including the Governors of Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Along the Atlantic Coast, numerous fishing and tourism interests, including local chambers of commerce, tourism and restaurant associations, and an alliance representing over 42,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families from Florida to Maine, also strongly oppose oil exploration and/or development off the East Coast.

Additionally, the Pacific, North Pacific, New England, South Atlantic, and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils have all expressed concerns about the risks posed by seismic surveys and oil and gas development to managed resources, fisheries and coastal communities in the Atlantic. Finally, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Florida Defense Support Task Force have all expressed concerns about expanded offshore oil and gas development threatening their ability to perform critical activities.

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Where the movement began: Kure Beach, North Carolina, a picturesque tourist destination known for its small town atmosphere and the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic coast, was ground zero in the fight against offshore oil exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. This tiny spit of sand that 2,000 people call home sparked a movement that has spread like wildfire up and down the East Coast. On January 27, 2014, more than 300 residents showed up to protest the mayor’s position on seismic airgun blasting. Check out the video of the meeting, and read more on our blog.

Ever since that fateful night in January, opposition to seismic airgun blasting and Atlantic drilling has been mounting. Members of Congress and East Coast Governors need to hear from the people who will be most affected by seismic blasting and offshore drilling — and that’s where you come in. We have some great momentum, but we’re only going to #StopTheDrill if more of us take up the call, and urge our elected officials to #ProtectOurCoast. Check out all the opposition to offshore oil and gas exploration and development, spread the word and join the movement!


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East Coast opposition

Municipalities and Counties

  1. Accomack County, VA: Passed resolution 4/15/2009 (offshore drilling); Voted to send letter 2/12/2016 (offshore drilling)
  2. Allenhurst, GA: Passed resolution 10/7/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  3. Anna Maria, FL: Passed resolution 6/13/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  4. Annapolis, MD: Passed resolution 2/26/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  5. Apalachicola, FLPassed resolution 11/7/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  6. Arapahoe, NC: Passed resolution 3/1/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  7. Asbury Park, NJ: Passed resolution 1/25/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  8. Asheville, NC: Passed resolution 4/23/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  9. Atlanta, GA: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  10. Atlantic Beach, FL: Passed resolution 9/8/2014 (seismic blasting)
  11. Atlantic Beach, NCPassed resolution 11/23/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  12. Atlantic Beach, SC: Passed resolution 9/14/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  13. Atlantic City, NJ: Passed resolution 4/9/2015 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  14. Atlantic County, NJ: Passed resolution 1/30/2018 (offshore drilling)
  15. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Passed resolution 2/15/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  16. Avalon, NJPassed resolution 10/12/2016 (seismic blasting)
  17. Aventura, FL: Passed resolution 10/2/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  18. Bald Head Island, NC: Passed resolution 8/21/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  19. Bal Harbour, FL: Passed resolution 9/7/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  20. Baltimore, MD: Passed resolution 10/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  21. Barnegat, NJ: Passed resolution 7/28/2014 (seismic blasting)
  22. Barrier Islands, FL: Passed resolution 4/25/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  23. Beach Haven, NJ: Passed resolution 8/11/2014 (seismic blasting)
  24. Beachwood, NJ: Passed resolution 7/16/2014 (seismic blasting)
  25. Beaufort, NC: Passed resolution 8/10/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  26. Beaufort, SC: Passed resolution 2/10/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  27. Beaufort County, SC: Passed resolution 5/13/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  28. Belfast, ME: Awaiting resolution copy 
  29. Belleair Beach, FL: Passed resolution 3/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  30. Belleair Shore, FL: Passed resolution 3/20/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  31. Belmar, NJ: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  32. Belville, NC: Passed resolution 3/7/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  33. Berkeley, NJ: Passed resolution 1/22/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  34. Berlin, MD: Passed resolution 1/25/2016 (seismic blasting)
  35. Bethany Beach, DEPassed resolution 3/18/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  36. Bloomingdale, GA: Passed resolution 5/16/2019 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling) 
  37. Boca Raton, FL: Passed resolution 11/27/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling) 
  38. Bonita Springs, FL: Passed resolution 4/1/2015 (seismic blasting)
  39. Boynton Beach, FL: Passed resolution 12/3/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  40. Bradley Beach, NJ: Passed resolution 3/11/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another 1/23/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  41. Bradenton Beach, FL: Passed resolution 7/11/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  42. Briarcliffe Acres, SC: Passed resolution 10/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  43. Brick, NJ: Passed resolution 1/30/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  44. Brigantine, NJ: Passed resolution 3/18/2015 (seismic blasting)
  45. Brookhaven, NY: Sent letter 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  46. Broward County, FL: Passed resolution 4/10/2010 (offshore drilling)
  47. Brunswick, GA: Passed resolution 5/20/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  48. Calabash, NC: Passed resolution 3/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  49. Cape Canaveral, FL: Passed resolution 12/15/2009 (offshore drilling); Passed 4/15/2014 (seismic blasting)
  50. Cape Charles, VA: Passed resolution 8/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  51. Cape Coral, FLPassed resolution 2/8/2016 (seismic blasting)
  52. Cape May County, NJPassed resolution 8/9/2016 (seismic blasting); Passed another 1/23/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  53. Carolina Beach, NC: Passed resolution 2/28/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another 10/13/2015 (offshore drilling)
  54. Carolina Shores, NC: Passed resolution 10/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  55. Carrboro, NC: Passed resolution 3/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  56. Caswell Beach, NC: Passed resolution 3/31/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern); Passed another 10/14/2015 (offshore drilling)
  57. Cedar Point, NCPassed resolution 1/26/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  58. Chapel Hill, NC: Passed resolution 9/28/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  59. Charleston, SC: Passed resolution 3/24/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  60. Charleston County, SC: Passed resolution 5/5/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  61. Charlestown, RI: Passed resolution 3/12/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  62. Cheriton, VA: Passed resolution 3/27/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  63. Chesapeake, VA: Passed Resolution 10/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  64. Chincoteague, VA: Passed resolution 8/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  65. Cinco Bayou, FL: Passed resolution 10/12/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  66. Clearwater, FL: Passed resolution 2/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  67. Cocoa Beach, FLPassed resolution 4/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  68. Coconut Creek, FL: Passed resolution 6/28/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  69. Collier County, FL: Passed resolution 1/9/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  70. Columbia, SC: Passed resolution 5/5/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  71. Cooper City, FL: Passed resolution 6/19/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  72. Coral Gables, FL: Passed resolution 9/11/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  73. Crisfield, MD: Passed resolution 2/27/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  74. Currituck County, NC: Passed resolution 3/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  75. Dania Beach, FL: Passed resolution 5/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  76. Dare County, NC: Passed resolution 12/5/2005 (offshore drilling); Passed another 4/6/2015 (offshore drilling); Passed another 2/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  77. Davie, FL: Passed resolution 6/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  78. Deerfield Beach, FL: Passed resoultion 5/15/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  79. Delray Beach, FL: Pass resolution 2/5/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  80. Dewey Beach, DE: Passed resolution 12/12/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  81. Duck, NC: Passed resolution 9/2/2009 (offshore drilling); Passed another 2/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  82. Dunedin, FL: Passed resolution 2/4/2010 (offshore drilling)
  83. East Hampton, NY: Passed resolution 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  84. Edisto Beach, SC: Passed resolution 5/8/2014 (seismic blasting)
  85. Emerald Isle, NC: Passed resolution 4/15/2015 (seismic blasting); Passed another 10/13/2015 (offshore drilling)
  86. Escambia County, FLPassed resolution 5/4/2017 (offshore drilling)
  87. Exmore, VA: Passed resolution 7/2/2018 (offshore drilling) 
  88. Fenwick Island, DE: Passed resolution 1/22/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  89. Fernandina Beach, FL: Passed resolution 12/2/2014 (seismic blasting)
  90. Flagler County, FL: Passed resolution 5/18/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  91. Flemington, GA: passed resolution 4/9/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  92. Florence, SC: passed resolution 10/14/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  93. Folly Beach, SC: Passed resolution 3/10/15 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  94. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Passed resolution 4/19/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  95. Ft. Myers Beach, FL: Passed resolution 4/6/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  96. Ft. Walton Beach, FL: Passed resolution 6/27/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  97. Garden City, GA: Passed resolution 2/4/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  98. Georgetown, SC: Passed resolution 4/16/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  99. Georgetown County, SC: Passed resolution 7/25/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  100. Greenville, SC: Passed resolution 4/9/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  101. Gulfport, FL: Passed resolution 9/15/2009 (offshore drilling)
  102. Hallandale Beach, FL: Passed resolution 5/2/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  103. Hampton, VA: Passed resolution 2/28/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  104. Havre de Grace, MD: Passed resolution 6/6/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  105. Hilton Head, SC: Voted to send letter to BOEM 3/25/2015 (offshore drilling); Voted to send letter to the State’s Department of Health and Environmental Control 3/19/2015 (seismic blasting)
  106. Hinesville, GA: Passed resolution 3/17/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  107. Holden Beach, NC: Passed resolution 9/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  108. Holly Ridge, NC: Passed resolution 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  109. Hollywood, FL: Passed resolution 7/3/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  110. Holmes Beach, FL: Passed resolution 7/30/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  111. Horry County, SC: Passed resolution 8/22/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  112. Hurlock, MD: Passed resolution 1/13/2020 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  113. Hyde County, NC: Passed resolution 3/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting