(4/30 deadline) – The Beaufort Sea needs to remain off-limits.
Currently at 8,867 comments, up from 40 comments last week! Come on, fellow resisters – let’s put this on the map!
Oil companies don’t behave well, even when they’re close to home…
Here’s a interesting point of comparison… Oil companies drilling in off CA, including in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, have had nearly 400 violations since 2015! From failed and missing tests, to spilling 120,000 gallons of crude oil, oil companies prove daily that they are not trustworthy partners.
Can we trust them in the isolation of the far north? No, of course not.
In Dec. of 2016, Obama said that the Beaufort Sea and the entire Chukchi Sea was off-limits to drilling per “the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region’s harsh conditions is limited. By contrast, it would take decades to fully develop the production infrastructure necessary for any large-scale oil and gas leasing production in the region—at a time when we need to continue to move decisively away from fossil fuels.”
Trump don’t care. His administration is proposing to resume leasing areas of Alaska’s Beaufort Sea to oil drilling as soon as next year. Tell him to leave the Beaufort Sea off-limits!
Comment here by Apr 30, 2018 11:59 PM ET.
Read other people’s comments for inspiration here. If you see one that appeals to you, copy it and alter it to make it sound like your voice. Would suggest you go to the bottom of the page and type in the # of the oldest pages, before a rote answer took over all the comments.
WE NEED MORE COMMENTS! MAKE MORE THAN ONE!
Examples from (1) sentence to multi-paragraph.
Comment: Leave the Beaufort Sea off-limits.
Comment: (OK, there are pages and pages of this one. Mix it up!) Dear Secretary Zinke and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, I stand in opposition to the proposed 2019 offshore oil and gas lease sales in the U.S. Arctic?s Beaufort Sea. Under the current 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program, lease sales in the Beaufort Sea are prohibited. Initiating the leasing process prior to the finalization and approval of a new 5-year program is reckless and premature. BOEM’s action to solicit industry nominations for new lease areas indicates that a decision to offer leases in the Beaufort Sea has already been made, rendering the public process that allows for stakeholder input meaningless.
The Arctic is one of the most diverse and environmentally significant regions on the planet. The region is home to many important marine animals, including beluga whales, polar bears, seals, walrus, migratory birds, and fish. Offshore drilling in this pristine environment would not only jeopardize sensitive marine ecosystems, but also the communities and species that rely on its continued abundance. There is no proven way to clean up oil spilled in sea ice. Unless and until we can prove that drilling in the Arctic Ocean can be done safely, it is a risk we simply cannot afford to take. We urge the immediate reconsideration of the irresponsible 2019 Beaufort Sea Lease Sale.
Comment: Keep the Beaufort Sea and its polar bears need to remain off limits to drilling.
Comment: I am strongly opposed to the proposal to resume leasing areas of Alaskas Beaufort Sea to oil drilling. It would put coastal communities at risk and deepen Americas dependence on fossil fuels. Our money and energy is much better spent developing renewable sources of energy.
Comment: When will we take seriously our responsibility to preserve this planet and the people who live on it? This proposal to open up more of the Beaufort Sea area to oil drilling is wrong on so many grounds – not the least of which is the potential for polluting the waters with oil spills ( which WILL occur…look at our history!) Please… stand up for what is right… and what will support our planet for many generations to come. This plan puts many coastal communities at risk, and just continues the pattern of dependence on fossil fuels. Please… for the sake of our beautiful waters… our children… our grandchildren…do not allow this to happen!
Comment: I am extremely concerned about opening up this environmentally sensitive area to oil and coastal drilling. I am also concerned of the impact this will have on the fishing industry. We should be moving away from a dependence on fossil fuels toward more renewable sources in order to protect our planet from the impacts of global climate change.
Comment: I am opposed to any additional drilling for oil anywhere in Alaska, including the Beaufort Sea. This plan for drilling puts coastal communities at risk, as well as negatively impacting the environment. Further, this action will further deepen the United States’ dependence on fossil fuels. Energy companies should be looking towards sustainable energy solutions instead of continuing to depend on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are on their way out; it is a waste of money and not worth destroying the environment to satisfy a few greedy oil companies, most of whom are probably cronies of Trump and Scott Pruitt.
Comment: Please leave the Beaufort Sea off-limits to oil drilling. Coastal communities would be put at risk and it would deepen America’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Opening the Beaufort sea to oil and gas drilling is irresponsible and dangerous. The BOEM’s request for proposals attempts to fast-track leases to the oil industry without full, fair and open debate.
Comment: Any step to open America’s Arctic Ocean to dangerous offshore drilling not only threatens the region’s marine wildlife and coastal communities, it also risks the ecological future of the Arctic itself.
In 2016 the White House concluded that “even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region’s harsh conditions is limited. By contrast, it would take decades to fully develop the production infrastructure necessary for any large-scale oil and gas leasing production in the regionat a time when we need to continue to move decisively away from fossil fuels.”
A federal district court in Alaska is weighing whether the Trump administration acted legally when it overturned the Obama-era drilling ban. The case is being brought by a group of environmental organizations represented by Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Last week, a judge denied the Trump administration’s effort to have the case thrown out.
Scientific opinion, common sense and respect for natural resources all scream against opening the Beaufort Sea to drilling. We need sustainable energy development now and to end fossil fuel development yesterday!