Pelicans float on the water with an offshore oil platform in the background in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA.
PHOTO CREDIT: Mark J. Terrill via AP
Yesterday, the Trump administration set out a five-year plan to expand oil drilling off our coastlines. This plan would open 90 percent of the nation’s offshore oil reserves to drilling by private companies from 2019 to 2024. For the first time in more than three decades, companies will be able to drill for oil off the coast of California. Even along the East Coast, this plan could open up new areas for oil and gas exploration from Florida to Maine.
The administration says this new plan will make America more energy independent and will create more jobs. Environmentalists are concerned about the impact new drilling will have on marine life and coastal communities. With new drilling, comes enormous risk for devastating oil spills.
“These ocean waters are not President Trump’s personal playground. They belong to all Americans and the public wants them preserved and protected, not sold off to multinational oil companies.” ~ A statement from a coalition of more than 60 environmental groups via AP