Last month marked one year since the tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill that devastated America’s Gulf Coast.
In 12 months, no regulatory action was taken to prevent oil companies from repeating this mistake again and again in our fragile oceans.
Instead, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) is ignoring the harsh reality of oil spills and pushing for expanded, hasty, unsafe offshore drilling.
The House of Representatives will vote on the following bills TOMORROW (May 5th, 2011).
- H.R. 1229: Would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to allow the extraction of oil and gas from the Gulf of Mexico. Known to supporters as the “Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act.”
- H.R. 1230: Would require the Secretary of the Interior to lift restrictions on offshore oil and gas lease sales, and other purposes. Also known as the “Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.”
- H.R. 1231: Would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that each 5-year offshore oil and gas leasing program offer leasing in the areas with the most prospective oil and gas resources (a.k.a. the most fragile and ecologically significant) to establish a domestic oil and natural gas production goal. Referred to as “Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act.”
Take Action NOW:
Oceana.org recommends that you call your Representative before he or she votes on “Hastings’ Hasty Oil Bills.”
Click here to get the current number of your Representative. Then, use the provided talking points to relay your opposition to HR 1229, HR 1230, and HR 1231.
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