Action Needed! Three New Offshore Drilling Bills Up For Vote

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.”

If these bills become law, the lives of sea turtles, seals – even whales and dolphins – would be put at risk from expanded and hasty drilling and it won’t lower the price of gas at the pump.

Take Action NOW: 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.

Related Reading:

Congress Approves Offshore Drilling Near Chesapeake Bay

BP Signs Offshore Drilling Deal In Caspian Sea

Offshore Drilling: Is Energy Worth The Ecological Disaster Of Oil Spills?


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Athanassia M.
Athanasia M6 years ago

The USA Gov. doesn't get the message of thousands of Americans and people from other countries which are demanding from these companies to stop killing the environment. Everybody wants green energy why they don't hear our voices??

Danny W.
Danny Wilson6 years ago


valda p.
valda p6 years ago

Haven't these oil companies done enough damage to the planet ?now they want another go,they are resposible for the cruel deaths of their 11 men and the agonising deaths of millions of birds and animals,one day there will be no more trees to chop down ,what then?one day ther will be no oil-what then?.

Sumit jamadar
Sumit jamadar6 years ago


K s Goh
KS G6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam6 years ago


Dianne D.
Dianne D6 years ago

Wanted to comment that my uncle worked for an oil refinery in California and for the decades he worked there said that none of the oil that came down the Alaska pipeline stayed in the USA. It all went to Japan as the oil companies thought the oil to dirty so they sent to Japan to clean and then it came back at a very expensive price.

Dianne D.
Dianne D6 years ago

They have said repeatly on TV that if they drill off America's shores, that will not bring the gas prices down as that oil is sent oversea's.

Arvin E.
Arvin E.6 years ago

Russ L: What am I doing to reduce oil? I did not turn on the heat in my house this year, ride a bicycle every where I go, do not go to the groc. store with out my own bag, and I have done the majority of these things for YEARS! I have recycled for years and for a long time grew my own garden (mostly donated to the food bank) since I always grew more than I used (unmarried, no kids) and to top all that off I pay a higher tax rate than all you married folks with kids! And still can't get married! But was allowed to fight in Viet Nam....sooooo there !

Angelique C.
Angelique C.6 years ago

congress, you are disappointing the people of America and world wide.
Please, put the well being of the earth- whom brings us life! before money!!!