Grassroots Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Exploration in the Atlantic Ocean and off Florida's Gulf Coast | Oceana USA

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

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.

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!

 

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.

 

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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)
  114. Indialantic, FL: Passed resolution 1/7/2015 (seismic blasting)
  115. Indian Beach, NC: Passed resolution 3/11/2020 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  116. Indian Harbor Beach, FL: Passed resolution 1/13/2015 (seismic blasting)
  117. Indian River County, FL: Passed resolution 12/8/2015 (seismic blasting)
  118. Indian Rocks Beach, FL: Passed resolution 3/27/2018 (offshore drilling)
  119. Indian Shores, FL: Passed resolution 2/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  120. Islamorada, FL: Passed resolution 9/8/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  121. Isle of Palms, SC: Passed resolution 2/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  122. Isle of Wight, VA: Awaiting resolution copy
  123. Jacksonville Beach, FL: Passed resolution 3/16/2015 (seismic blasting)
  124. James City County, VA: Passed resolution 2/27/2018 (offshore drilling)
  125. James Island, SC: Passed resolution 3/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  126. Jamestown, RI: Passed resolution 4/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  127. Jupiter, FL: Passed resolution 11/17/2020 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  128. Jupiter Inlet Colony, FL: Passed resolution 1/13/2020 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  129. Keller, VA: Awaiting resolution copy 
  130. Keyport, NJ: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  131. Key Colony Beach, FL: Passed resolution 6/14/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  132. Key West, FL: Passed reolution 3/21/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  133. Kiawah Island, SC: Passed resolution 5/5/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  134. Kill Devil Hills, NC:  Passed resolution 6/9/2014 (offshore drilling)
  135. Kingsland, GA: Passed resolution 4/13/2015 (seismic blasting, proclamation)
  136. Kitty Hawk, NC: Passed resolution 9/12/2005 (offshore drilling and exploration)
  137. Kure Beach, NC: Passed resolution 1/19/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  138. Lauderdale by the Sea, FL: Passed resolution 3/12/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting) 
  139. Lavallette, NJ: Passed resolution 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling)
  140. Layton, FL: Passed resolution 5/1/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  141. Leland, NC: Passed resolution 3/15/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  142. Lewes, DE: Passed resolution 11/9/2015 (seismic blasting)
  143. Liberty County, GA: Passed resolution 5/16/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  144. Longboat Key, FL: Passed resolution 10/5/2009 (offshore drilling)
  145. Long Branch, NJ: Passed resolution 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  146. Lower Township, NJ: Passed resolution 2/21/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  147. Madeira Beach, FL: Passed resolution 4/26/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  148. Manasquan, NJ: Passed resolution 1/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  149. Manatee County, FL: Passed resolution 7/23/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)  
  150. Manteo, NC: Passed resolution 5/7/2014 (seismic blasting)
  151. Mantoloking, NJ: Passed resolution 2/20/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  152. Marathon, FL: passed resolution 3/27/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  153. Martin County, FL: Sent letter 7/30/2014 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  154. McClellanville, SC: Passed resolution 5/4/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  155. Meggett, SC: passed resolution 2/24/2020 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  156. Melbourne, FL: Passed resolution 1/13/2015 (seismic blasting)
  157. Melbourne Beach, FL: Passed resolution 9/17/2014 (seismic blasting)
  158. Miami, FL: Passed resolution 1/25/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  159. Miami Beach, FL: Passed resolution 9/10/2008 (offshore drilling); Passed another 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling)
  160. Miami-Dade County, FL: Passed resolution 6/20/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  161. Miami Shores, FL: Passed resolution 10/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  162. Middlesex County, VA: Passed resolution 11/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  163. Midway, GA: Passed resolution 12/10/2018 (ofsfshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  164. Milton, DEPassed resolution 2/24/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  165. Monmouth Beach, NJ: Passed resolution 2/27/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  166. Monmouth County, NJ: Passed resolution 2/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  167. Monroe County, FL: Passed resolution 4/12/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  168. Montgomery County, MD: Passed resolution 3/1/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  169. Montross, VA: Passed resolution 11/27/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  170. Morehead City, NC: Passed resolution 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  171. Mt. Pleasant, SC: Passed resolution 5/13/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  172. Myrtle Beach, SC: Passed resolution 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting); Passed another 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  173. Nags Head, NC: Passed resolution 4/2/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another 7/2/2014 (offshore drilling)
  174. Nantucket, MA: Passed resolution 2/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  175. Naples, FL: Passed resolution 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  176. Neptune Beach, FL: Passed resolution 11/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  177. New Hanover County, NC: Passed resolution 1/22/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  178. Newport News, VA: Passed resolution 10/9/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  179. New Shoreham, RI: Passed resolution 2/21/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  180. New Smyrna Beach, FL: Passed resolution 12/9/2014 (seismic blasting)
  181. Norfolk, VA: Passed resolution 7/18/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  182. North Bay Village, FL: Passed resolution 5/12/2020 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  183. North Myrtle Beach, SC: Passed resolution 8/17/2015 (offshore drilling)
  184. North Redington Beach, FL: Passed resolution 1/10/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  185. North Wildwood, NJPassed resolution 8/16/2016 (seismic blasting); Passed another 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  186. Northampton County, VA: Passed resolution 3/8/2016 (offshore drilling)
  187. North Topsail Beach, NC: Passed resolution 9/17/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)  
  188. Oak Island, NC: Passed resolution 4/29/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern); Passed another 9/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  189. Oakland Park, FL: Passed resolution 7/19/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  190. Ocean Beach, NY: Passed resolution 8/11/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  191. Ocean City, MD: Passed resolution 9/21/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  192. Ocean County, NJ: Passed resolution 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  193. Ocean Gate, NJ: Passed resolution 1/24/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  194. Ocean Isle Beach, NC: Passed resolution 10/13/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  195. Ocean Ridge, FL: Passed resolution 12/2/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  196. Okaloosa County, FL: Passed resolution 5/15/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  197. Onancock, VA: Updated 9/24/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  198. Onley, VA: passed resolution 6/3/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  199. Orange County, NC: Passed resolution 9/1/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  200. Oriental, NC: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  201. Palm Beach County, FL: Passed resolution in 2010 (offshore drilling)
  202. Patchogue, NY: Passed resolution 7/23/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  203. Pawleys Island, SC: Passed resolution 9/14/2015 (offshore drilling, proclamation)
  204. Pembroke, GA: passed resolution 3/11/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  205. Pensacola, FLPassed resolution 5/11/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  206. Pine Knoll Shores, NC: Passed resolution 8/11/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  207. Pinellas County, FL: Passed resolution 2/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  208. Pinecrest Village, FL: Passed resolution 4/10/2018 (offshore drilling)
  209. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ: Passed resolution 1/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  210. Point Pleasant Borough, NJ: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  211. Pompano Beach, FL: Passed resolution 7/24/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  212. Pooler, GA: Passed resolution 3/18/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  213. Poquoson, VA: Passed resolution 11/13/2018 (offshore drilling) 
  214. Port Royal, SC: Passed resolution 2/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  215. Porterdale, GA: Passed resolution 9/6/2016 (offshore drilling)
  216. Portland, ME: Passed resolution 2/15/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  217. Portsmouth, VA: Passed resolution 3/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  218. Port Wentworth, GA: Awaiting resolution copy (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  219. Punta Gorda, FL: Passed resolution 2/3/2016 (seismic blasting)
  220. Red Bank, NJ: Passed resolution 3/12/2014 (seismic blasting)
  221. Redington Beach, FL: Passed resolution 2/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  222. Redington Shores, FL: Passed resolution 2/14/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  223. Rehoboth Beach, DE: Passed resolution 1/15/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  224. Riceboro, GA: passed resolution 3/5/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  225. Richmond Hill, GA: Passed resolution 3/18/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  226. Riverhead, NY: Passed resolution 9/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  227. Rockville, SC: Passed resolution 4/20/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  228. Roosevelt, NJ: Passed resolution 2/26/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  229. Safety Harbor, FL: Passed resolution 6/18/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  230. Salisbury, MD: passed resolution 4/15/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  231. Saltaire, NY: Passed resolution 11/12/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  232. Sanibel, FL: Passed resolution 12/6/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  233. Sarasota, FL: Passed resolution 10/5/2009 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  234. Satellite Beach, FL: Passed resolution 11/5/2014 (seismic blasting)
  235. Savannah, GA: Passed resolution 4/30/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  236. Saxis, VA: Passed resolution 5/6/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  237. Sea Bright, NJ: Passed resolution 1/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  238. Sea Isle City, NJ: Passed resolution 2/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  239. Seabrook Island, SC Mayor and Councilmembers: Voted to send letter 5/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  240. Shallotte, NC: Passed resolution 3/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  241. Shelter Island, NY: passed resolution 11/9/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  242. South Bethany, DE: Passed resolution 6/10/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  243. South Miami, FL: Passed resolution 11/7/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  244. Southampton, NY: Passed resolution 8/22/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  245. Southern Shores, NC: Passed resolution 1/4/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  246. Southold, NY: Passed resolution 9/25/2018 (offshore drilling)
  247. 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)
  248. Space Coast League of Cities: Passed resolution 2/9/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  249. Spring Lake, NJ: Passed resolution 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  250. St. Augustine, FL: Updated 4/14/2014 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  251. St. Augustine Beach, FL: Passed 4/19/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  252. St. James, NC: Passed resolution 5/6/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern); Passed another 3/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  253. St. Johns County, FL: Sent letter 4/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  254. St. Lucie County, FL: Sent letter 8/11/2017 (offshore drilling)
  255. St. Marys, GAPassed resolution 2/2/2015 (seismic blasting, proclamation)
  256. St. Mary's County, MD: Passed resolution 1/29/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  257. St. Pete Beach, FL: Passed resolution 3/13/18 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  258. St. Petersburg, FL: Passed resolution 4/17/2014 (seismic blasting)
  259. Stone Harbor, NJ: Passed resolution 7/19/2016 (seismic blasting)
  260. Stuart, FL: Passed resolution 5/20/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  261. Suffolk, VA: Passed resolution 2/21/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  262. Sullivan's Island, SC:  Passed resolution 3/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  263. Sunny Isles Beach, FL: Passed resolution 7/16/2020 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  264. Sunset Beach, NC: Passed resolution 6/30/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another on 6/5/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  265. Surf City, NC: Passed resolution 8/4/2015  (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  266. Surfside, FL: Passed resolution 8/14/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  267. Surfside Beach, SC: Passed resolution 9/22/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  268. Swansboro, NC: Passed resolution 11/24/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  269. Tappahannock, VA: Awaiting resolution copy
  270. Tarpon Springs, FL: Passed resolution 3/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  271. Titusville, FL: Passed resolution 1/12/2010 (offshore drilling)
  272. Tiverton, RI: Passed resolution 3/22/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  273. Thunderbolt, GA: Passed resolution 8/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  274. Toms River, NJ: Passed resolution 2/13/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  275. Topsail Beach, NC: Passed resolution 4/23/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed another on 4/11/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  276. Treasure Island, FL: Passed resolution 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  277. Tybee Island, GAPassed resolution 1/15/2015 (seismic blasting); Passed another 9/10/2015 (offshore drilling)
  278. Urbanna, VA: Passed resolution 11/19/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  279. Vernonburg, GA: Passed resolution 4/11/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  280. Vero Beach, FL: Passed resolution 11/17/2015 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  281. Virginia Beach, VA: Passed resolution 6/20/2017 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling); Passed another 1/25/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  282. Washington, DC: Passed resolution 2/19/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  283. West Cape May, NJ: Passed resolution 1/24/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  284. West Melbourne, FL: Passed resolution 2/3/2015 (seismic blasting)
  285. West Palm Beach, FL: Passed resolution 4/6/2020 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  286. West Wildwood, NJ: Passed resolution 8/5/2016 (seismic blasting)
  287. Wildwood Crest, NJ: Passed resolution 1/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  288. Williamsburg, VA: Passed resolution 11/9/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  289. Wilmington, NC: Passed resolution 7/21/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting); Passed another 8/15/2017
  290. Wilton Manors, FL: Passed resolution 3/14/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  291. Woodbine, GA: Passed resolution 12/2/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  292. Worcester County, MD: Passed resolution 2/21/2019 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  293. Wrightsville Beach, NC: Passed resolution 9/9/2010 (offshore drilling)

 

Business Interests

Multi-state

  • Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast: Submitted a comment to the Department of Interior in advance of their national review of the federal energy program highlighting the economic importance of permanent protections from new drilling on the OCS 4/15/2021. 
  • The Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast joined the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast and the Florida Gulf Coast Business Coalition to send a joint letter to Congress urging them to enact permanent protections of U.S. waters from further offshore oil and gas leasing 3/5/2021. 
  • Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast: Sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging her to support all efforts to block expanded offshore drilling via the Interior-Environment funding bill 6/14/2019. (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  • 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

Georgia

  • The Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce: formally opposed offshore drilling activities upon becoming the first Georgia business chamber to join the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast in October 2018 (offshore drilling). 

Virginia

 

Fishing Groups

 

Elected Officials and Key Stakeholders

Multi-state

Connecticut

  • Connecticut Delegation: Both senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, as well as five CT Members of Congress, signed a joint letter to Ryan Zinke to express their strong opposition to the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2/21/2018 (offshore drilling)

Delaware

Florida

  • 14 U.S. Representatives from Florida sent a letter to President Trump asking for clarification on his remarks alluding to removing Florida from his OCS drilling plan 8/24/2020
  • 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)
  • Space Coast League of Cities, FL: Passed resolution 2/9/2015 (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

  • Rep. Buddy Carter: Sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Interior, David Bernhardt, asking him to exclude Georgia from any offshore drilling plans. 4/3/2019
  • Georgia House of Representatives: passed a resolution (H.R. 48) opposing offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting off the coast of Georgia. 4/2/2019
  • Rep. Buddy Carter: Sent letter to the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, requesting that BOEM schedule a public hearing in Coastal Georgia to answer questions and further detail about Interior Department's 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing DPP impact on the coast and his constituents 1/5/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Savannah Garden Club: Sent letter to President Obama 11/21/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • 5 Georgia Mayors, led by Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown: Sent letter to President Obama 11/14/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  • One Hundred Miles: Sent letter to President Obama 11/4/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown: Sent letter to President Obama 10/6/2016 (seismic blasting)
  • Gray's Reef national Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Sent letter to BOEM opposing offshore drilling 3/2/2018

Maryland

North Carolina

New Jersey

New York

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee: Signed a letter reiterating his strong opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast.
  • 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

  • Friends of the Everglades: Sent letter to Rep. Diaz Balart and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt opposing offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • 38 Environmental Groups: Sent  letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging their support of H.R. 1941 & 205 to permanently protect our coast from offshore drilling (offshore drilling) 
  • Florida Oceanographic Society: Passed resolution opposing offshore drilling 5/22/2019 (offshore drilling)
  • Marine Megafauna Foundation: Sent letter to BOEM Director Cruickshank and Interior Secretary Zinke to express their opposition to seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic and requests that permits to conduct these tests be halted 9/4/2018 (seismic blasting)
  • 33 U.S. Zoos and Aquariums: Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke to express their opposition to expanded oil and gas exploration and drilling in the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program 3/2/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • National Audobon Society: made statement against offshore drilling 1/4/2018
  • 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)
  • Audobon Florida: Made a statement against offshore drilling 3/31/2010. Made another 1/4/2018 and 2/8/2018

 

Military Stakeholders and NASA

 

Congressional Letters

  • 79 U.S. Representatives: Led by Representatives Mike Levin (CA-49) and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), 79 Representatives signed on to a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to ensure the Build Back Better Act retains provisions to ban any new federal oil and gas leasing off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. 10/8/2021
  • 5 U.S. Senators: U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) called on Senate leadership to include the West Coast Ocean Protection Act, which would prohibit new oil and gas drilling off the West Coast, in the Senate version of the budget reconciliation bill. 10/6/2021
  • 53 U.S. Representatives: Led by Representatives Frank Pallone, Salud Carbajal, Jared Huffman, Alan Lowenthal, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donald McEachin, a letter was sent to President Biden applauding his Executive Order pausing new leasing for offshore oil and gas drilling on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). 4/8/2021
  • 18 U.S. Representatives sent a letter to The Commonwealth of the Bahamas expressing opposition to the Bahamas Petroleum Company's offshore drilling project off the coast of the Bahamas, a mere 150 miles from South Florida. 12/16/2020
  • 14 U.S. Representatives from Florida sent a letter to President Trump asking for clarification on his remarks alluding to removing Florida from his OCS drilling plan. 8/24/2020
  • 18 U.S. Representatives from Florida sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt demanding answers on the administration's plans of offshore drilling. 6/15/2020
  • Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio: Sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt urging that the Department's next five year Proposed Plan for offshore oil and gas drilling exclude all areas along Florida's coast. 
  • 17 Senators: Led by Senator Menendez (D-NJ), a letter was sent to Acting Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt asking him to clarify his position on offshore drilling before his confirmation 3/20/2019. 
  • Florida delegation: The entire Florida delegation, led by Rep. Kathy Castor and Rep. Francis Rooney sent a bipartisan letter to Acting Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt asking him to remove Florida's coasts from any offshore drilling plans. 2/28/2019
  • 23 Senators: Led by Senator Markey (D-MA), a letter was sent to Secretaries Ross and Zinke to express opposition to the issuance of five incidental harassment authorization (IHA) permits that would allow companies to conduct seismic airgun blasting surveys along the Atlantic coast. 
  • 93 U.S. Representatives: Led by Congressman Rutherford (R-FL), a bipartisan letter was sent to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressing strong opposition to the issuance of 5 Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) permits to companies planning to conduct seismic airgun blasting surveys along the Atlantic coast 12/6/2018.
  • 23 Senators: Led by Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, a letter was sent to Zinke to express strong opposition to the proposed rollback of the Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule 7/18/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • 47 House Democrats: East and West Coast House Democrats submitted a comment letter to Secretary Zinke in opposition to the proposed rule changes to the Well Control Rule (FR 2018-09305) that was put into place in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion 7/10/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Florida Delegation: Reps. Crist (D-FL-13) and Buchanan (R-FL-16) led a delegation of 19 other Florida House Representatives in a bipartisan letter to Secretary Zinke in opposition to proposed revisions to the Well Control Rule that was put into place at the recommendation of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to improve the safety of offshore drilling 6/28/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • New Jersey Delegation: Issued a letter to House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop and Ranking Member Raul Grijalva expressing strong opposition to the "Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters Act" 6/15/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY): Issued a letter to Paul Gosar, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources in opposition to the Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters Act 6/13/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (D-VA): Sent letter to Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis requesting DOD to fully weigh in on the potential harm that BOEM's Draft Proposed Program's five-year plan to allow offshore drilling in the Virginia OCS could bring both economically and to regional military assets 4/19/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Sent letter to Commerce Secretary Ross and Interior Secretary Zinke to deny oil and gas-related pending applications, such as seismic airgun blasting, in order to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale 4/2/2018 (seismic blasting)
  • East Coast Republicans: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke opposing the inclusion of the Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Gulf of Mexico in the Draft Proposed Program 3/8/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Maryland Delegation led by Senator Cardin: Sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary Zinke and Dr. Cruickshank strongly opposing the Draft Proposed Program 2/27/2018
  • New York Congressional delegation: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke requesting New York State be exempt from the Draft Proposed Program 2/8/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Congressman Rutherford (R-FL): Sent letter to BOEM Acting Director Cruickshank requesting an extension for the Draft Proposed Program public comment period and more hearings in Florida 2/1/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senator Cantwell (D-WA) and Pacific Northwest delegation: Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to remove the Washington/Oregon planning areas from the Draft Proposed Program 2/1/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Rhode Island Congressional delegation: Sent letter to BOEM Acting Director Cruickshank urging him to remove RI from the Draft Proposed Program 1/25/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Representative Jones (R-NC): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to hold public hearings in Dare County, NC for the Draft Proposed Program 1/25/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • California Congressional delegation: Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to hold public hearings in Northern and Southern California coastal areas for the Draft Proposed Program 1/25/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Representatives Grijalva (D-AZ), Lowenthal (D-CA) and McEachin (D-VA): Sent letter to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) to hold an oversight hearing of Zinke’s decision to remove Florida on day two of the Draft Proposed Program comment period 1/24/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Florida Congressional delegation: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke reiterating strong opposition to offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico 1/24/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Maryland House Democrats: Sent letter to Maryland Governor Hogan urging him to ask Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove MD from the Draft Proposed Program 1/19/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Florida Congressional delegation: Sent letter to Defense Secretary Mattis urging him to weigh in on the Draft Proposed Program to protect military interests in region 1/19/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senators Warner (D-VA) and Kaine (D-VA): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to hold public hearings in coastal VA for the Draft Proposed Program 1/18/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Representatives Reichert (R-WA) and Herrera-Beutler (R-WA): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to remove WA from the Draft Proposed Program 1/18/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senator Nelson (D-FL): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke with concerns about the Draft Proposed Program 1/18/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • More than 150 House Democrats led by U.S. Representative Pallone (D-NJ): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to remove the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific and Eastern Gulf of Mexico planning areas from the Draft Proposed Program 1/18/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senator Reed and 21 other Senate Democrats: Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to remove their coastal states from the Draft Proposed Program 1/11/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • New Jersey Congressional delegation: Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to visit NJ and hold public hearings in coastal towns during the Draft Proposed Program 1/11/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • New Hampshire Congressional delegation: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke opposing the Draft Proposed Program 1/11/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • Massachusetts Congressional delegation: Sent letter to MA Governor Baker urging him to formally oppose the Draft Proposed Program 1/10/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Representative LoBiondo (R-NJ): Sent letter to BOEM Acting Director Cruickshank asking for more public hearings in NJ during the Draft Proposed Program 1/10/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • New Jersey Congressional delegation: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke opposing the Draft Proposed Program 1/9/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • 36 Senate Democrats led by U.S. Senator Merkley (D-OR): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to maintain the 2017-2022 plan 1/9/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senators King (I-ME)  and Collins (R-ME): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to remove ME from the Draft Proposed Program 1/8/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Pallone (D-NJ): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to remove NJ from the Draft Proposed Program 1/05/2018 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Representative Rice (R-SC): Sent letter to BOEM 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  • 30 U.S. Senators led by Merkley (D-OR) and Markey (D-MA): Sent letter to BOEM 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  • 68 U.S. Representatives led by Pallone (D-NJ) and Sanford (R-SC): Sent bipartisan letter to BOEM 8/11/2017 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senators Carper and Coons: Sent letter to Commerce Secretary Ross 7/21/2017 (seismic blasting)
  • U.S. Senator Nelson: Sent letter opposing the proposed issuance of 5 IHAs to authorize harassment of marine mammals by companies seeking to conduct oil and gas seismic testing off the Atlantic coast (7/20/2017)
  • U.S. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen: Sent letter to MD Governor Hogan urging him to request a Coastal Zone Management Act consultation for new seismic airgun blasting permit applications off the coast of Maryland (6/30/2017)
  • 103 U.S. Representatives led by Reps. Rutherford (R-FL) & Beyer (D-VA): Sent bipartisan letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him not to authorize Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) and deny pending seismic airgun blasting permits in the Atlantic (6/28/2017)
  • New Jersey's entire Congressional delegation: Sent bipartisan letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service voicing concerns over  the proposal to issue seismic airgun blasting permits in the Atlantic, requesting an extension of the comment period for IHAs, and field hearings for their constituents (6/9/2017)
  • 14 U.S. Senators led by Sen. Nelson (D-FL): Sent letter to Commerce Secretary Ross opposing the issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) for Atlantic offshore oil and gas exploration, including seismic airgun blasting; and requested the agency extend the public comment period, and hold field hearings (6/9/2017)
  • 107 U.S. Representatives led by Reps. LoBiondo (R-NJ), & Lowenthal (D-CA): Sent bipartisan letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging him not to include the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the new OCS Five-Year Plan as re-initiated by President Trump’s Executive Order (5/11/2017)
  • U.S. Reps. Pallone (Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee; D-NJ) & Grijalva (Ranking Member,  House Natural Resources Committee; D-AZ): Sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke expressing concerns over  President Trump's instructions via Executive Order to review the 2017-2022 OCS Five-Year Plan (5/2/2017)
  • 27 U.S. Senators led by Sens.  Markey (D-MA) & Menendez (D-NJ): Sent letter to Sec. Zinke urging him not to revise the 2017-2022 OCS Five-Year Plan (4/27/2017)
  • 15 Members of Florida's Congressional delegation led by Reps. Gaetz (R-FL) & Dunn (R-FL): Sent bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary General James Mattis requesting he maintains the moratorium on oil and gas leasing activities in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (3/24/2017)
  • 17 Members of Florida's Congressional delegation led by Sen. Bill Nelson: Sent bipartisan letter urging the Trump administration to keep offshore drilling out of the eastern Gulf of Mexico (3/24/2017)
  • U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6): Sent letter asking President Obama to permanently protect the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from any future offshore oil and gas leasing 11/16/2016
  • 14 U.S. Senators: Sent letter asking President Obama to permanently protect the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from any future offshore oil and gas leasing 10/6/2016 (offshore drilling) 
  • 74 U.S. Representatives: Sent bipartisan letter asking President Obama to permanently protect the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from any future offshore oil and gas leasing 9/28/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senators Carper and Coons (DE): Sent letter to DOI opposing seismic airgun blasting in the Mid-Atlantic region 9/1/2016 (seismic blasting) 
  • U.S. Representatives Sanford (SC-1) and Connolly (VA-11): Sent bipartisan letter with 53 colleagues urging President Obama to halt consideration of G&G permits in the Atlantic 6/8/2016 (seismic blasting)
  • 7 U.S. Senators: Sent letter to the State Department and DOI expressing concern over Canada's decision to allow offshore drilling off the coast of Canada, near George's Bank 5/19/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA): Sent letter with 28 colleagues to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing serious concern over offshore oil and gas exploration and development in Nova Scotia waters tangential to critical U.S. fishing waters 5/19/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  • U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6): Sent letter to NOAA requesting a public hearing on pending permit applications for seismic blasting in the Atlantic 5/11/2016
  • 18 U.S. Senators: Sent letter to President Obama urging the administration to refrain from permitting seismic blasting in the Atlantic 4/28/2016 
  • 51 U.S. Representatives: Sent letter to President Obama thanking the administration for removing the Atlantic from consideration in the five year plan 4/25/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • 36 U.S. Representatives: Sent bipartisan letter to DOI asking to remove the Atlantic Ocean from the next five year plan 2/11/2016 (offshore drilling) 
  • 10 U.S. Senators: Sent letter to DOI asking not to issue any new leases in federal waters 2/3/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Senator Menendez and Rep. Pallone (NJ-6): Sent letter to President Obama asking him to place the Atlantic off-limits in the next lease sale auction 2/1/2016 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Representatives Scott (VA-3) and Sanford (SC-1): Sent bipartisan letter with 31 colleagues to BOEM asking to halt seismic testing in the Atlantic 12/14/2015 (seismic blasting)
  • 53 U.S. Representatives: Sent letter to DOI 3/9/2015 (offshore drilling) 
  • 12 U.S. Senators: Sent letter to DOI 3/9/2015 (offshore drilling)
  • U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2): Sent letter to BOEM opposing offshore drilling in the Mid-Atlantic 3/18/2015
  • U.S. Representative Mark Sanford (SC-1): Sent letter to President urging him "to reject the Interior Department's analysis and its decision to introduce seismic oil and gas surveys in the Atlantic"  4/20/2015 (seismic blasting)
  • U.S. Representatives Scott (VA-3), Beyer (VA-8), and Connolly (VA-11): Sent letter to DOI opposing Atlantic offshore drilling 2/20/2015 
  • U.S. Senators Menendez and Booker, Rep. Pallone (NJ-6): Sent letter to President Obama opposing Atlantic offshore drilling 1/30/2015
  • 13 members of Florida's Congressional delegation: Sent letter to DOI opposing offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico 8/27/2014
  • 7 Southeast U.S. Representatives: Sent letter to President Obama opposing seismic testing 8/1/2014 
  • 8 members of Maryland's congressional delegation: Sent letter to President Obama opposing seismic testing 7/31/2014
  • U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL-1): Sent letter to DOI opposing offshore drilling and seismic testing 7/31/2014
  • 11 members of Florida's congressional delegation: Sent letter to President Obama opposing seismic testing 7/18/2014 
  • U.S. Representative John Carney (DE-At Large): Sent letter to President Obama opposing seismic testing and offshore drilling 7/3/2014 
  • 9 U.S. Senators: Sent letter to DOI requesting that the seismic airgun PEIS not be released without incorporation of the "best available science" 2/26/2014
  • 4 members of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources: Sent letter to DOI and NOAA expressing their concern and requesting information about seismic testing and offshore drilling 1/8/2014 
  • 6 Southeast U.S. House of Representatives: Sent letter to DOI urging Secretary Jewell to "use extreme caution when considering any proposals to allow drilling off the Atlantic Coast" 5/24/2013
  • 13 members of Florida's congressional delegation: Sent letter to President Obama opposing seismic testing 4/17/2013
  • U.S. Reps Scott (VA-3), Moran (VA-8, retired), and Connolly (VA-11): Sent letter to DOI opposing seismic testing 1/31/2013
  • 27 U.S. Representatives: Sent letter to President Obama opposing seismic testing 1/30/2013 
  • 8 U.S. Senators: Sent letter to President Obama opposing seismic testing 1/30/2013

 

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

Seismic Airgun Blasting Media Briefer - November 30, 2018