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Opposition to New Offshore Drilling in the Pacific Ocean

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Overview

The Pacific coast is home to a diversity of marine life. Cold, nutrient-rich waters attract and support everything from tiny krill to huge whales, as well as some of the most lucrative fisheries in the nation. However, offshore drilling related spills and chronic oil leaks put wildlife, the ocean economy, and the health of communities at risk.

In April 2017, a Presidential Executive Order threatened to re-open the Pacific coast to expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, placing invaluable ocean resources and coastal economies at risk. Now is the time to protect the coast from expanded offshore drilling.

Fortunately, nationwide opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling has been mounting for years. Currently, more than 340 municipalities across the country have formally opposed the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling activities, including over 90 along the Pacific coast. These dirty and dangerous drilling proposals put at risk nearly 746,000 West Coast jobs and $53 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) that rely on healthy ocean ecosystems and a clean marine environment.

Many West Coast leaders vocally oppose expanded offshore oil drilling including California Governor Jerry Brown, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California Fish and Game Commission, the California State Lands Commission, and the California Coastal Commission. Local communities are making their voices heard by passing resolutions opposing expanded offshore drilling along the Pacific coast.

Map of municipalities that have adopted resolutions (pink stars) opposing offshore drilling. Click on each city/county to view additional information and link to resolution text.

 

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Opposition from Municipalities and Counties

  1. El Segundo, CA: awaiting resolution copy
  2. Vista, CA: passed 3/12/2019
  3. Oxnard, CA: passed 2/19/2019
  4. Portland, OR: passed 01/30/19
  5. Escondido, CA: passed 01/23/2019
  6. Trinidad, CA: passed 12/12/2018
  7. Pacific Grove, CA: passed 10/17/2018
  8. Costa Mesa, CA: passed 10/16/2018 
  9. Cotati, CA: passed 09/25/2018
  10. Seattle, WA: passed 09/10/2018
  11. Carlsbad, CA: passed 08/28/2018
  12. Rancho Palos Verde, CA: Sent letter to BOEM 08/21/2018
  13. Gold Beach, OR: passed 08/13/2018
  14. Culver City, CA: passed 07/23/18
  15. Lincoln City, OR: passed 7/9/2018
  16. Ventura, CA: sent letter to Senator Feinstein 07/09/2018
  17. Norwalk, CA: passed 06/26/18
  18. Port Orford, OR: passed 06/21/18
  19. Alameda County, CA: passed 06/05/18
  20. Chula Vista, CA: passed 5/22/2018
  21. Dana Point, CA: passed 04/24/18
  22. Santa Clarita: passed 4/10/2018
  23. South Bend, WA: passed 04/09/2018
  24. Los Osos, CA: passed 04/05/18
  25. Yachats, OR: passed 04/04/18
  26. Pacifica, CA: passed 03/26/18
  27. Raymond, WA: passed 03/19/18
  28. Petaluma, CA: passed 03/19/18
  29. San Leandro, CA: passed 03/08/18
  30. Monterey, CA: sent letter to BOEM 03/08/2018
  31. Redondo Beach, CA passed 03/6/18
  32. Richmond, CA: passed 03/06/18
  33. Toledo, OR: passed 03/07/18
  34. San Diego, CA: passed 03/06/18
  35. Santa Monica, CA passed 03/06/18
  36. Newport, OR: passed 03/05/2018
  37. Grover Beach, CA: passed 03/05/18
  38. Aberdeen, WA: passed 02/28/18
  39. Oceanside, CA: passed 02/28/18
  40. Clallam County, WA: passed 02/27/18
  41. Humboldt County, CA: passed 02/27/18
  42. Morro Bay, CA: passed 02/27/18
  43. Carpinteria, CA: sent letter 02/26/18
  44. Pacific County, WA:  passed 02/13/18
  45. San Diego County, CA: voted 02/13/18; sent letter 03/09/18
  46. Los Angeles County, CA: passed 02/13/18
  47. Point Arena, CA: passed 02/13/18
  48. Fort Bragg, CA: passed 02/12/18
  49. Ilwaco, WA: passed 02/12/18
  50. Scotts Valley, CA: passed 02/07/18
  51. Windsor, CA: passed 02/07/18
  52. Half Moon Bay, CA: passed 02/06/18
  53. Manhattan Beach, CA: passed 02/06/18
  54. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA: passed 02/06/18
  55. Long Beach, WA: passed 02/05/18
  56. West Hollywood, CA: passed 02/05/18
  57. Santa Barbara County, CA: passed 01/30/18
  58. Marin County, CA: 01/30/18
  59. Westport, WA: 01/29/18
  60. Sonoma County, CA: 01/29/18
  61. Capitola, CA: passed 01/25/18
  62. Solana Beach, CA: passed 01/24/18
  63. Encinitas, CA: passed 01/24/18
  64. Contra Costa County, CA: passed 01/23/18
  65. San Mateo County, CA: passed 01/23/18
  66. Pismo Beach, CA: sent letter to BOEM 01/11/2018
  67. San Mateo, CA: passed 04/16/18
  68. Mendocino County, CA: passed 01/23/18
  69. Ventura County, CA: passed 01/23/18
  70. Ocean Shores, WA: passed 01/22/18
  71. Imperial Beach, CA: passed 01/17/18
  72. San Francisco, CA: passed 01/09/18
  73. Watsonville, CA: passed 12/12/17
  74. Santa Cruz City, CA: passed 12/05/17 and sent letter 01/18/18
  75. Santa Cruz County, CA: passed 11/14/17
  76. Laguna Beach, CA: passed 11/07/17
  77. Marina, CA: passed 11/07/17
  78. Ojai, CA: passed 10/24/17
  79. Monterey County, CA: passed 10/24/17
  80. Oakland, CA: passed 10/17/17
  81. Del Mar, CA: sent letter 10/16/17
  82. Goleta, CA: passed 10/03/17
  83. San Luis Obispo, CA: passed 10/03/17
  84. Berkeley, CA: passed 09/12/17
  85. Malibu, CA: passed 09/10/17
  86. Arcata, CA: passed 09/06/17
  87. Santa Barbara, CA: passed 07/25/17
  88. Los Angeles, CA: passed 04/28/17
  89. El Segundo: Awaiting resolution copy
  90. Hayward, CA: Awaiting resolution copy 
  91. San Luis Obispo County: Awaiting resolution copy
  92. Hoquiam, WA: Awaiting resolution copy
  93. Montesano, WA: Awaiting resolution copy

Tribal Councils

Fishing Groups

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council: sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke requesting that the West Coast be removed from the Draft Proposed Program 03/09/18
  • North Pacific Fishery Management Council: sent letter to BOEM asking for the removal of areas from the Draft Proposed Program due to the "substantial risk to the sustainable management of Alaska's fisheries" 03/05/18

 

Business Opposition

 

Elected Officials Opposition

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown: Issues Executive Order opposing exploration and production of oil or gas off the Oregon Coast and to prevent the development of any infrastructure associated with offshore oil and gas drilling (10/24/18).
  • 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)
  • Clean Coasts Act: Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell introduced the Clean Coast Act, which codifies the Outer Continental Shelf Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule and the Arctic Drilling Rule. Full text found here 4/19/2018
  • Los Osos, CA Community Elected Officials: Sent letter to BOEM opposing the 2019- 2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas leasing Program and any expansion of offshore drilling of the coast of California. 
  • Mayor, City of San Leandro, CA: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke opposing new offshore oil and gas drilling (3/9/2018).
  • 227 state legislators representing 17 coastal states: sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke 03/05/18
  • Oregon Democrats Delegation: sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke requesting BOEM to extend the public comment period for the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement due to worries that offshore drilling could significantly harm the economy of West Coast fisheries and tourism industries 2/22/2018
  • Senator Cantwell: led a group of lawmakers on the Senate floor calling for the protection of coastal jobs threatened by the expansion of offshore drilling in the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2/13/2018
  • WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke and BOEM Director Cruickshank, threatening to sue the Federal government over the proposed lease sales 2/5/2018
  • Attorney Generals (Oregon, California, North Carolina, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia): sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke 02/01/18
  • U.S. Congressional delegation from the Pacific Northwest: sent bipartisan and bicameral letter to Interior Secretary Zinke 02/01/18
  • U.S. Congressional delegation from California: sent bicameral letter to DOI 01/25/18
  • 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) 01/24/18
  • Rep. Mike Thompson: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke to express strong opposition to California's inclusion in the 2019-2024 draft proposed program for the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program 01/22/2018
  • More than 150 House Democrats: sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke 01/18/18
  • Rep. Salud Carbajal: Sent letter to President Trump and Secretary Zinke to express strong opposition to the inclusion of offshore lease sales in the Pacific Region of the 2019-2024 draft proposed program for the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program 01/18/2018
  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee: sent multiple letters to Secretary Zinke, including a joint letter signed by the Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington 01/11/18
  • More than 20 U.S. Senators: sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke 01/11/18
  • Maria Cantwell: Sent letter to Secretary Zinke requesting that, like Florida, he also exempt Washington and the other coastal states from the National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program 01/11/2018
  • 36 Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Merkley (D-OR): sent letter to Interior Secretary Zinke 01/09/18
  • Joint Statement: by Governor Jay Inslee (WA), Governor Kate Brown (OR), and Governor Jerry Brown (CA) 01/04/18
  • 39 members of Congress: sent a letter to Interior Secretary Zinke urging the exclusion of any new oil and gas lease sales off the Pacific coast from the new Five-Year Program 8/17/2017
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown: submitted RFI comments to BOEM opposing the inclusion of any new proposed oil and gas lease sales off the West Coast in the 2019-2024 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program 8/15/2017
  • California Senate: adopted Senate Joint Resolution 35 05/04/17
  • California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.: sent letter to President Obama 12/13/16

 

State Wildlife Commissions

 

Op-EDs

 

Editorials

 

Atlantic

For information on East Coast opposition to offshore drilling activites, please visit: stopthedrill.org