The Draft Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2019 – 2024 would open thousands of miles of U.S. coastline to oil drilling, including regions such as the Atlantic and Pacific that have been protected for decades from this dangerous practice. 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. The Surfrider Foundation is determined to prevent this plan from being finalized.
Surfrider and supporters throughout the state are rallying tomorrow at 2:30 at the State Capital in Salem. The first 75 registered will receive a free rally t-shirt! Carpool buses and vans will be leaving from various locations around the state. Surfrider members and other concerned citizens are invited to join elected officials and leaders from around the state to demonstrate against the plan to have oil and gas drilling off of Oregon. Surfrider and rally members will be joined by coastal Congressional delegates and some of the top leaders in the state.
Those unable to make the rally are encouraged to submitt comments to BOEM and contacting your federal representatives. Those in affected communities are also encouraged to attend an upcoming public hearing to provide testimony against new offshore drilling in the oceans. There will be a public informational meeting held tomorrow in Salem. For more information go online http://www.surfrider.org/priority-campaigns/stop-new-offshore-drilling .