We are deeply saddened to report that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released their draft 5-year lease plan for 2019-2024. The proposal seeks to open 90% of offshore waters to oil and gas exploration, including the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, North, Atlantic, Straits of Florida, Pacific, and Arctic. We need your support in our fight to protect Florida’s Gulf coast from dirty, dangerous offshore drilling! Click here to learn more.
Here are two quick ways you can take action today!
1. Join our coalition:
Join the Florida Gulf Coast Business Coalition to protect our coasts, economies, and jobs from expanded drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Click here to join!
2. Submit your comments:
We know the fight to stop new offshore drilling isn’t going to be easy, but with you help- we know we can win! BOEM has opened a 60-day public comment period to collect feedback from the public on the proposal. Please take a moment to submit your comments to BOEM.
Interested in joining the Florida Gulf Coast Business Coalition? Click here to sign up!
Just a year ago voices across the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf and Arctic coasts came together to oppose expended offshore drilling. After substantial public opposition, the proposal, which initially included new areas in the Arctic and nearly the entire mid and south Atlantic regions, was scrapped. It was a huge victory for coastal communities and the economies they rely on.
Unfortunately, on June 29, President Trump annoucned a public comment period for a new 5-year National Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). At this early stage in the planning process, all areas are on the table: the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. A 45-day comment period is now open until August 17th for the public to provide initial input on the administration’s plans. After this comment period closes, BOEM will prepare a Draft Proposed Program, followed by a Proposed Program and a Proposed Final Program.
Please let BOEM know that Florida’s coasts are simply to valuable to jeopardize to offshore drilling. Click here to view a fact sheet on why oil and Florida don’t mix.
To comment, visit: https://www.boem.gov/Public-Engagement-Opportunities/ Open the “Open Comment Document” link and follow instructions to view relevant documents and submit comments.