Grassroots Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Exploration in the Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Gulf of Mexico | Oceana USA

Grassroots Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Exploration in the Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Overview

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.

As of July 2018, more than 220 East Coast municipalities and over 1,300 local, state and federal elected officials have opposed offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration. Nearly 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 Washington, Oregon, California, 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 41,000 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!

 

Additional Resources

Email us at act@oceana.org to join our pod of Wavemakers who want to get involved at the local level. The campaign organizer in your region will contact you about next steps.

 

Join the #ProtectOurCoast movement!

 

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. Annapolis, MD: Passed resolution 2/26/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  3. Apalachicola, FLPassed resolution 11/7/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  4. Arapahoe, NC: Passed resolution 3/1/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  5. Asbury Park, NJ: Passed resolution 1/25/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  6. Atlanta, GA: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  7. Atlantic Beach, FL: Passed resolution 9/8/2014 (seismic blasting)
  8. Atlantic Beach, NCPassed resolution 11/23/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  9. Atlantic Beach, SC: Passed resolution 9/14/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  10. Atlantic City, NJ: Passed resolution 4/9/2015 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  11. Atlantic County, NJ: Passed resolution 1/30/2018 (offshore drilling)
  12. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Passed resolution 2/15/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  13. Avalon, NJPassed resolution 10/12/2016 (seismic blasting)
  14. Bald Head Island, NC: Passed resolution 8/21/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  15. Baltimore, MD: Passed resolution 10/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  16. Barnegat, NJ: Passed resolution 7/28/2014 (seismic blasting)
  17. Barrier Islands, FL: Passed resolution 4/25/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  18. Beach Haven, NJ: Passed resolution 8/11/2014 (seismic blasting)
  19. Beachwood, NJ: Passed resolution 7/16/2014 (seismic blasting)
  20. Beaufort, NC: Passed resolution 8/10/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  21. Beaufort, SC: Passed resolution 2/10/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  22. Belleair Beach, FL: Passed resolution 3/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  23. Belmar, NJ: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  24. Belville, NC: Passed resolution 3/7/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  25. Berkeley, NJ: Passed resolution 1/22/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  26. Berlin, MD: Passed resolution 1/25/2016 (seismic blasting)
  27. Bethany Beach, DEPassed resolution 3/18/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  28. Bonita Springs, FL: Passed resolution 4/1/2015 (seismic blasting)
  29. Bradley Beach, NJ: Passed resolution 3/11/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another 1/23/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  30. Briarcliffe Acres, SC: Passed resolution 10/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  31. Brick, NJ: Passed resolution 1/30/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  32. Brigantine, NJ: Passed resolution 3/18/2015 (seismic blasting)
  33. Brookhaven, NY: Sent letter 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  34. Broward County, FL: Passed resolution 4/10/2010 (offshore drilling)
  35. Brunswick, GA: Passed resolution 5/20/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  36. Calabash, NC: Passed resolution 3/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  37. Cape Canaveral, FL: Passed resolution 12/15/2009 (offshore drilling); Passed 4/15/2014 (seismic blasting)
  38. Cape Coral, FLPassed resolution 2/8/2016 (seismic blasting)
  39. Cape May County, NJPassed resolution 8/9/2016 (seismic blasting); Passed another 1/23/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  40. Carolina Beach, NC: Passed resolution 2/28/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another 10/13/2015 (offshore drilling)
  41. Carolina Shores, NC: Passed resolution 10/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  42. Carrboro, NC: Passed resolution 3/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  43. Caswell Beach, NC: Passed resolution 3/31/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern); Passed another 10/14/2015 (offshore drilling)
  44. Cedar Point, NCPassed resolution 1/26/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  45. Chapel Hill, NC: Passed resolution 9/28/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  46. Charleston, SC: Passed resolution 3/24/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  47. Charleston County, SC: Passed resolution 5/5/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  48. Charlestown, RI: Passed resolution 3/12/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  49. Cinco Bayou, FL: Passed resolution 10/12/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  50. Clearwater, FL: Passed resolution 2/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  51. Cocoa Beach, FLPassed resolution 4/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  52. Collier County, FL: Passed resolution 1/9/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  53. Columbia, SC: Passed resolution 5/5/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  54. Currituck County, NC: Passed resolution 3/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  55. Dania Beach, FL: Passed resolution 5/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  56. 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)
  57. Deerfield Beach, FL: Passed resoultion 5/15/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  58. Dewey Beach, DE: Passed resolution 12/12/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  59. Duck, NC: Passed resolution 9/2/2009 (offshore drilling); Passed another 2/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  60. Dunedin, FL: Passed resolution 2/4/2010 (offshore drilling)
  61. East Hampton, NY: Passed resolution 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  62. Edisto Beach, SC: Passed resolution 5/8/2014 (seismic blasting)
  63. Emerald Isle, NC: Passed resolution 4/15/2015 (seismic blasting); Passed another 10/13/2015 (offshore drilling)
  64. Escambia County, FLPassed resolution 5/4/2017 (offshore drilling)
  65. Exmore, VA: Awaiting resolution copy
  66. Fenwick Island, DE: Passed resolution 1/22/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  67. Fernandina Beach, FL: Passed resolution 12/2/2014 (seismic blasting)
  68. Flagler County, FL: Passed resolution 5/18/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  69. Folly Beach, SC: Passed resolution 3/10/15 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  70. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Passed resolution 4/19/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  71. Ft. Myers Beach, FL: Passed resolution 4/6/2015 (seismic blasting)
  72. Ft. Walton Beach, FL: Passed resolution 6/27/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  73. Georgetown, SC: Passed resolution 4/16/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  74. Georgetown County, SC: Passed resolution 7/25/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  75. Greenville, SC: Passed resolution 4/9/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  76. Gulfport, FL: Passed resolution 9/15/2009 (offshore drilling)
  77. Hallandale Beach, FL: Passed resolution 5/2/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  78. Hampton, VA: Passed resolution 2/28/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  79. 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)
  80. Hinesville, GA: Passed resolution 3/17/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  81. Holden Beach, NC: Passed resolution 9/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  82. Holly Ridge, NC: Passed resolution 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  83. Hollywood, FL: Awaiting resolution copy
  84. Horry County, SC: Passed resolution 8/22/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  85. Hyde County, NC: Passed resolution 3/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  86. Indialantic, FL: Passed resolution 1/7/2015 (seismic blasting)
  87. Indian Harbor Beach, FL: Passed resolution 1/13/2015 (seismic blasting)
  88. Indian River County, FL: Passed resolution 12/8/2015 (seismic blasting)
  89. Indian Shores, FL: Passed resolution 2/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  90. Islamorada, FL: Passed resolution 9/8/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  91. Isle of Palms, SC: Passed resolution 2/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  92. Isle of Wight, VA: Awaiting resolution copy
  93. Jacksonville Beach, FL: Passed resolution 3/16/2015 (seismic blasting)
  94. James City County, VA: Passed resolution 2/27/2018 (offshore drilling)
  95. James Island, SC: Passed resolution 3/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  96. Jamestown, RI: Passed resolution 4/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  97. Keyport, NJ: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  98. Key Colony Beach: Passed resolution 6/14/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  99. Key West, FL: Passed reolution 3/21/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  100. Kiawah Island, SC: Passed resolution 5/5/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  101. Kill Devil Hills, NC:  Passed resolution 6/9/2014 (offshore drilling)
  102. Kingsland, GA: Passed resolution 4/13/2015 (seismic blasting, proclamation)
  103. Kitty Hawk, NC: Passed resolution 9/12/2005 (offshore drilling and exploration)
  104. Kure Beach, NC: Passed resolution 1/19/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  105. Lake Worth, FL: Passed resolution 12/15/2009 (offshore drilling)
  106. Lavallette, NJ: Passed resolution 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling)
  107. Layton, FL: Awaiting resolution copy
  108. Leland, NC: Passed resolution 3/15/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  109. Lewes, DE: Passed resolution 11/9/2015 (seismic blasting)
  110. Long Branch, NJ: Passed resolution 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  111. Lower Township, NJ: Passed resolution 2/21/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  112. Madeira Beach, FL: Passed resolution 4/26/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  113. Manasquan, NJ: Passed resolution 1/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  114. Manteo, NC: Passed resolution 5/7/2014 (seismic blasting)
  115. Mantoloking, NJ: Passed resolution 2/20/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  116. Marathon, FL: passed resolution 3/27/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  117. Marco Island, FL: Passed resolution 3/15/2010 (offshore drilling)
  118. Martin County, FL: Sent letter 7/30/2014 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  119. McClellanville, SC: Passed resolution 5/4/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  120. Melbourne, FL: Passed resolution 1/13/2015 (seismic blasting)
  121. Melbourne Beach, FL: Passed resolution 9/17/2014 (seismic blasting)
  122. Miami, FL: Passed resolution 1/25/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  123. Miami Beach, FL: Passed resolution 9/10/2008 (offshore drilling); Passed another 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling)
  124. Miami-Dade County, FL: Passed resolution 6/20/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  125. Milton, DEPassed resolution 2/24/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  126. Monmouth Beach, NJ: Passed resolution 2/27/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  127. Monmouth County, NJ: Passed resolution 2/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  128. Monroe County, FL: Passed resolution 4/12/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  129. Montgomery County, MD: Passed resolution 3/1/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  130. Morehead City, NC: Passed resolution 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  131. Mt. Pleasant, SC: Passed resolution 5/13/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  132. Myrtle Beach, SC: Passed resolution 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting); Passed another 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  133. Nags Head, NC: Passed resolution 4/2/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another 7/2/2014 (offshore drilling)
  134. Nantucket, MA: Passed resolution 2/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  135. Naples, FL: Passed resolution 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  136. Neptune Beach, FL: Passed resolution 11/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  137. New Hanover County, NC: Passed resolution 1/22/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  138. New Jersey State League of Municipalities: Sent letter 1/30/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  139. New Shoreham, RI: Passed resolution 2/21/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  140. New Smyrna Beach, FL: Passed resolution 12/9/2014 (seismic blasting)
  141. Norfolk, VA: Passed resolution 7/18/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  142. North Myrtle Beach, SC: Passed resolution 8/17/2015 (offshore drilling)
  143. North Redington Beach, FL: Passed resolution 1/10/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  144. North Wildwood, NJPassed resolution 8/16/2016 (seismic blasting); Passed another 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  145. Northampton County, VA: Passed resolution 3/8/2016 (offshore drilling)
  146. Oak Island, NC: Passed resolution 4/29/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern); Passed another 9/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  147. Oakland Park, FL: Passed resolution 7/19/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  148. Ocean City, MD: Passed resolution 9/21/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  149. Ocean County, NJ: Passed resolution 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  150. Ocean County Mayors' Association: Passed resolution 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  151. Ocean Gate, NJ: Passed resolution 1/24/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  152. Ocean Isle, NC: Passed resolution 10/13/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  153. Okaloosa County, FL: Passed resolution 5/15/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  154. Orange County, NC: Passed resolution 9/1/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  155. Oriental, NC: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  156. Palm Beach County, FL: Passed resolution in 2010 (offshore drilling)
  157. Pawleys Island, SC: Passed resolution 9/14/2015 (offshore drilling, proclamation)
  158. Pensacola, FLPassed resolution 5/11/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  159. Pine Knoll Shores, NC: Passed resolution 8/11/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  160. Pinellas County, FL: Passed resolution 2/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  161. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ: Passed resolution 1/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  162. Point Pleasant Borough, NJ: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  163. Port Royal, SC: Passed resolution 2/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  164. Porterdale, GA: Passed resolution 9/6/2016 (offshore drilling)
  165. Portland, ME: Passed resolution 2/15/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  166. Portsmouth, VA: Passed resolution 3/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  167. Punta Gorda, FL: Passed resolution 2/3/2016 (seismic blasting)
  168. Red Bank, NJ: Passed resolution 3/12/2014 (seismic blasting)
  169. Redington Beach, FL: Passed resolution 2/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  170. Redington Shores, FL: Passed resolution 2/14/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  171. Rehoboth Beach, DE: Passed resolution 1/15/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  172. Richmond Hill, GA: Passed resolution 3/18/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  173. Rockville, SC: Passed resolution 4/20/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  174. Roosevelt, NJ: Passed resolution 2/26/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  175. Safety Harbor, FL: Awaiting resolution copy
  176. Sanibel, FL: Passed resolution 12/6/2016 (seismic blasting)
  177. Sarasota, FL: Passed resolution 10/5/2009 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  178. Satellite Beach, FL: Passed resolution 11/5/2014 (seismic blasting)
  179. Savannah, GA: Passed resolution 4/30/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  180. Sea Bright, NJ: Passed resolution 1/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  181. Sea Isle City, NJ: Passed resolution 2/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  182. Seabrook Island, SC Mayor and Councilmembers: Voted to send letter 5/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  183. Shallotte, NC: Passed resolution 3/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  184. South Bethany, DE: Passed resolution 6/10/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  185. South Miami, FL: Passed resolution 11/7/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  186. Southampton, NY: Passed resolution 8/22/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  187. Southern Shores, NC: Passed resolution 1/4/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  188. Southport, NC: Passed resolution 5/8/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another 8/13/2015 (offshore drilling); Reiterated opposition 2/8/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  189. Space Coast League of Cities, FL: Passed resolution 2/9/2015 (seismic blasting)
  190. Spring Lake, NJ: Passed resolution 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  191. St. Augustine, FL: Updated 4/14/2014 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  192. St. James, NC: Passed resolution 5/6/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern); Passed another 3/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  193. St. Johns County, FL Commissioners: Sent letter 4/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  194. St. Lucie County, FL: Sent letter 8/11/2017 (offshore drilling)
  195. St. Marys, GAPassed resolution 2/2/2015 (seismic blasting, proclamation)
  196. St. Pete's Beach, FL: Passed resolution 3/13/18 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  197. St. Petersburg, FL: Passed resolution 4/17/2014 (seismic blasting)
  198. Stone Harbor, NJ: Passed resolution 7/19/2016 (seismic blasting)
  199. Suffolk, VA: Passed resolution 2/21/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  200. Sullivan's Island, SC:  Passed resolution 3/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  201. Sunset Beach, NC: Passed resolution 6/30/2014 (seismic blasting)
  202. Surf City, NC: Passed resolution 8/4/2015  (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  203. Surfside Beach, SC: Passed resolution 9/22/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  204. Swansboro, NC: Passed resolution 11/24/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  205. Tarpon Springs, FL: Passed resolution 3/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  206. Titusville, FL: Passed resolution 1/12/2010 (offshore drilling)
  207. Tiverton, RI: Passed resolution 3/22/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  208. Toms River, NJ: Passed resolution 2/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  209. Topsail Beach, NC: Passed resolution 4/23/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another on 4/11/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  210. Treasure Island, FL: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  211. Tybee Island, GAPassed resolution 1/15/2015 (seismic blasting); Passed another 9/10/2015 (offshore drilling)
  212. Vero Beach, FL: Passed resolution 11/17/2015 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  213. Virginia Beach, VA: Passed resolution 6/20/2017 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling); Passed another 1/25/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  214. Washington, DC: Passed resolution 2/19/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  215. West Cape May, NJ: Passed resolution 1/24/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  216. West Melbourne, FL: Passed resolution 2/3/2015 (seismic blasting)
  217. West Wildwood, NJ: Passed resolution 8/5/2016 (seismic blasting)
  218. Wildwood Crest, NJ: Passed resolution 1/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  219. Williamsburg, VA: Awaiting resolution copy
  220. Wilmington, NC: Passed resolution 7/21/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  221. Wilton Manors, FL: Passed resolution 3/14/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  222. Wrightsville Beach, NC: Passed resolution 9/9/2010 (offshore drilling)

 

Business Interests

Multi-state

  • The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF): Sent letter to Secretary Zinke on behalf of 31 firms representing $30.7 billion in assets to oppose the Draft Proposed Program 3/9/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast: Sent letters to Governors Scott, Deal, McAuliffe and Carney 7/21/2017 and Cooper 7/20/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  • Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast: Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke on behalf of more than 41,000 businesses and 500,200 commercial fishing families, urging them not to reconsider the 2017-2022 plan 4/28/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast: Sent letter to President Obama on behalf of more than 35,000 businesses and 500,200 commercial fishing families from Maine to Florida, uring him to permanently protect the Atlantic from offshore oil and gas drilling, and to deny all Atlantic seismic airgun blasting permits 12/13/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • 66 East Coast businesses: Signed letter to President Obama 12/12/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast: Sent letter to President Obama on behalf of more than 12,000 businesses and 400,000 commercial fishing families 10/27/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • 360+ East Coast Businesses: Signed letter to President Obama 2/16/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • 280 East Coast BusinessesSigned letter to President Obama 2/3/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • 440+ South Carolina Businesses: Signed letter to Governor Haley 12/16/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)

Delaware

Florida

Maryland

New Jersey

North Carolina

South Carolina

Virginia

 

Fishing Groups

 

Elected Officials and Key Stakeholders

Multi-state

Delaware

Florida

  • Senator Bill Nelson: Submitted letter to Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke in admonishment of his and Governor Scott's lack of transparency about whether Florida is truly 'off the table' for the 2019-2024 OCS DPP and that the current moratorium against drilling off Florida's coasts will be maintained 5/31/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Submitted RFI comments on behalf of itself, as well as the Florida Department of State, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Geological Survey, and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, expressing concerns about the effects of OCS oil and gas activities off Florida’s coasts 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  • Monroe County: Submitted RFI comments strongly opposing any expansion of offshore drilling 8/15/2017 (offshore drilling)
  • City of Coconut Creek: Submitted RFI comments opposing the expansion of offshore drilling on the Atlantic coast 8/10/2017 (offshore drilling)
  • Martin County: Submitted RFI comments strongly opposing any expansion of offshore drilling 7/26/2017 (offshore drilling)
  • Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition: Sent letter to President Obama 11/15/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • Dunedin Mayor: Sent letters to Congressman David Jolly and Senator Bill Nelson in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's fifth anniversary 4/20/2015 and 4/21/2015 (offshore drilling)
  • Florida State Department of Environmental Protection: Sent letter to BOEM "recommending delaying permitting until data/information that is currently not available can be collected and effects assessed using this new information" 4/20/2015 (seismic blasting)
  • Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown: Sent letter to BOEM 5/7/2014 (seismic blasting)
  • St. Augustine Beach Mayor Andrea Samuels: Sent letter to BOEM 4/15/2014 (seismic blasting)

Georgia

Maryland

North Carolina

New Jersey

New York

Rhode Island

  • Town of Jamestown: Sent letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Governor Gina Raimondo, and the 39 cities and towns of Rhode Island in opposition of the proposed inclusion of the North Atlantic Region in the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program in recognition of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's eighth anniversary 4/20/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)

South Carolina

Virginia

Scientists and advocacy groups

  • 225 Nonprofit Organizations and Businesses: Sent letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing the pro-offshore drilling "ASTRO" Act 11/7/2017 
  • 66 Nonprofit Organizations: Sent letter to U.S. House of Representatives opposing the pro-offshore drilling "SECURE" Act 11/7/2017 
  • 67 Nonprofit Organizations: Sent letter to NOAA 7/21/2017 (seismic blasting)
  • 60+ local groups: Sent letter to Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) in support of H.R. 2252, a bill that would establish a 10-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling and seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic, Straits of Florida, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico 6/8/2017
  • 38 diverse community groups: Sent letter to DOI 5/24/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • 50+ conservation groups: Sent letter led by the Waterkeeper Alliance to President Obama urging him to permanently protect unleased U.S. waters from offshore drilling 12/13/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • Members of the Green GroupSent letter to the U.S. Senate urging them to vote down Senate Bill 3110 sponsored by Senators Vitter and Cassidy 7/5/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • 30+ conservation groups: Sent letter to BOEM urging them to redo or supplement the environmental impact statement for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic 5/26/2016 (seismic blasting)
  • 60+ conservation groups: Sent letter to BOEM urging them to deny pending permits for seismic blasting now that the Atlantic has been removed from the 5 year plan 4/28/2016 (seismic blasting)
  • 28 leading marine biologists with specific expertise on the North Atlantic right whale: Submitted letter to President Obama to halt the permitting of oil and gas seismic surveys off the East Coast 4/14/2016 (seismic blasting)
  • 48 state/regional conservation and civic groups: Sent letter to BOEM supporting their decision to remove the Atlantic from consideration for offshore drilling 4/11/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • 75 Leading marine scientists: Sent letter to the President urging him "to reject the Interior Department's analysis and its decision to introduce seismic oil and gas surveys in the Atlantic,"  3/5/2015 (seismic blasting)
  • 95 state and local elected officialsSubmitted letter to President Obama opposing seismic blasting on 5/6/2014 (seismic blasting)
  • 163 conservation and animal rights groupsSubmitted letter to President Obama opposing seismic blasting on 5/6/2014 (seismic blasting)
  • 100+ scientists: Sent letter to President Obama urging him to "wait on new science before permitting the use of seismic airguns in the Atlantic Ocean" 2/20/2014 (seismic blasting)

 

Military Stakeholders and NASA

 

Congressional Letters

 

Editorials

 

Pacific

For information on West Coast opposition to offshore drilling activities, please visit: usa.oceana.org/pacific-drilling

 

Atlantic Drilling Media Briefer - November 3, 2016