220 members of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), representing 16 coastal states, have signed a letter in opposition of the Bureau of Ocean Management’s newly proposed National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024. This Leasing Program seeks to make a majority of the United States Outer Continental Shelf open to oil and gas exploration and construction, representing the first time in decades that many states’ coasts would be exposed to such development and potential harm.
The letter, spearheaded by Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, cites numerous issues that come with offshore drilling. These issues range from the large-scale, irreparable damage caused by oil spills, to the long term damage to coastal economies after these disasters.
These legislators recognize and commend President Trump for exempting Florida from the Leasing Program based on potential threats that offshore drilling would impose on the state’s coastal and recreational economy, and ask that all coastal states be granted a similar opportunity to opt out.
The full text of the letter is available here.
For more information, contact NCEL at 202.744.1006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.