ADVOCATE: Tell the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to retain the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program and minimize the expansion of leases.
WHEN: Comments due by March 9, 2018
WHY: In April 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directed the Department of the Interior to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. In response, the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management prepared the DPP for the 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. It maximizes the potential expansion by making more than 98 percent of the outer continental shelf resources available for lease. The DPP and the scope of its Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are currently open for public comment. A virtual public meeting is available at boem.gov.
As people of faith, we believe the ocean and all life in it are part of God’s sacred creation. We are called to be stewards of creation. We also are called to care for the well-being of our brothers and sisters who rely on the ocean and its coastal areas for their livelihood. The short-term gain of expanded drilling is not worth the long-term, irreparable harm to the environment, marine animals, coastal economies, and people. The BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in 2010 is a reminder of this risk. Our planet is in a period of global warming that threatens the same coastal communities. Now is not the time for expanding oil and gas extraction, which emits greenhouse gases into our atmosphere and increases global warming.
HOW: Submit comments on the DPP and EIS to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=BOEM-2017-0074-0001
- In comments on the DPP, tell the BOEM to retain the 2017-2022 lease program and minimize the expansion of leases. Include a statement about why this action is important to you.
- In comments on the Progammatic EIS, tell the BOEM to address the cumulative adverse effects of offshore drilling, and its spills and releases, on marine life, coastal communities, and the climate. Add any specific environmental or socio-economic concerns about off-shore drilling that you would like to be addressed in the EIS.
Then, join Interfaith Power & Light’s campaign to rescind the DPP: salsa4.salsalabs.com.
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