Protect Our Shores

Oil Rigs to Return to California's Coast?

We will protect these shores from oil drilling

The Trump Administration has announced plans to open California waters to off-shore oil drilling.

Obviously, California residents are concerned.

Offshore oil drilling is terrible for the environment, and our economy. In 1969, 4.5 million gallons of oil spilled off the Coast of Santa Barbara inspiring the environmental movement and the creation of CEQA, NEPA and the EPA. As of 2010, 69% of Californians oppose off-shore oil drilling.[1]

The Current Situation

The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released a Draft Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2019 – 2024 which, if approved, would open thousands of miles of U.S. coastline to oil drilling, including regions of the Pacific that have been protected for decades. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has opened a 60-day comment period for citizens to provide feedback on the proposal. The agency will also hold public hearings in affected communities in the coming weeks.

This draft proposes six new off-shore oil leases for California; two in Northern California, two in Central California and two in Southern California. The first lease will be sold in 2020 in Southern California, followed by two more sales in 2021, one in 2022 and two in 2023. There have been no new oil leases in the Pacific Region since 1984.

2019-2024 Draft Proposed Program Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic Region Program Areas

What Can You Do?

Submit Public Comments:

Read the Draft Proposal here and send the BOEM your comment.

Directions for Submitting Comments are available online.

Attend a Public Hearing

The BOEM will be having ONE public meeting in California on this proposal.

Thursday, February 8
Sacramento Public Library (Tsakopoulos Library Galleria)
828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Take Action:

Contact Members of Congress most likely to initially support this bad idea. Tell them to oppose the Trump admin plans to drill in CA.

Contact the elected Members of Congress most likely to initially support this bad idea. Tell them to oppose the Trump admin plans to drill in CA. Calls and social media are very effective. If you live in their district, make that fact known.

AD42 - Ken Calvert
Phone: 202-225-1986
Fax: 202-225-2004

AD08 - Paul Cook
Phone: 202-225-5861
Fax: 202-225-6498

AD10 - Jeff Denham
Phone: 202-225-4540
Fax: 202-225-3402

AD50 - Duncan Hunter
Phone: 202-225-5672
Fax: 202-225-0235

AD49 - Darrell Issa
Phone: 202-225-3906
Fax: 202-225-3303

AD25 - Steve Knight
Phone: 202-225-1956
Fax: 202-226-0683

AD01 - Doug LaMalfa
Phone: 202-225-3076
Fax: 202-225-0852

AD23 - Kevin McCarthy
Phone: 202-225-2915
Fax: 202-225-2908

AD04 - Tom McClintock
Phone: 202-225-2511
Fax: 202-225-5444

AD22 - Devin Nunes
Phone: 202-225-2523
Fax: 202-225-3404

AD48 - Dana Rohrabacher
Phone: 202-225-2415
Fax: 202-225-0145

AD39 - Ed Royce
Phone: 202-225-4111
Fax: 202-226-0335

AD21 - David Valadao
Phone: 202-225-4695
Fax: 202-225-3196

AD45 - Mimi Walters
Phone: 202-225-5611
Fax: 202-225-9177

Learn More:

Surfrider Foundation Fact Sheet

National Resource Defense Council Fact Sheet

Wilderness Society Fact Sheet