Today is the seventh anniversary of the tragic Deepwater Horizon blowout. On April 20, 2010, the drilling rig sparked a massive explosion, which killed 11 people and set into motion 87 horrific days of pollution and destruction. Day-by-day, painful uncertainty persisted as more than 200,000 gallons of oil gushed into the ocean each day while attempts to stop the flow of oil failed. The fears of coastal residents and businesses came true as a total of 200 million gallons of oil dumped into the Gulf of Mexico, oiling over a thousand of miles of coastline from Texas to Florida.
We need to learn from the mistakes of the past, not increase the odds of repeating them; if Trump has his way and expands offshore drilling, then he will bear responsibility for such repeated mistakes.
Calling all coast lovers! Your help is needed in making May 2
With just two weeks left in office, President Obama added a major piece to his environmental legacy by denying pending permits for seismic exploration for offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic. This announcement was the culmination of a years-long fight by SACE and many coastal residents and businesses to protect the coastal economy and way of life from the impacts of offshore drilling.
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, is a champion of the environment, standing up to protect the natural resources that have sustained Gullah/Geechee people for generations. Just as Queen Quet stands up to preserve the natural resources that have sustained Gullah/Geechee people for generations, so too does she stand up for other aspects of the cultural heritage, which face challenges from many other economic, political, and social factors. To this end, Queen Quet is hosting the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival this weekend (August 5-7) which will showcase Gullah/Geechee arts, music, and cuisine to celebrate and share the culture.
This is a guest post was written by Joshua Axelrod, Policy Analyst for the Canada Project of Natural Resources Defense Council, and originally ran on July 26th on the NRDC blog here. In November 2015, President Obama announced the rejection of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The announcement ended a six year fight between environmentalists, Alberta’s oil [...]
An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reported on Friday serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of perpetuating the fossil fuel era through risky offshore drilling. We all have an opportunity to publicly demonstrate our political will for a transition to clean energy this Saturday, May 21, at local Hands Across the Sand events.
Holy City Brewing Company in North Charleston, South Carolina released a beer this month dedicated to the paradise that is our Southeast coast: Paradise Session Ale. The ale is light, sessionable (meaning very drinkable for many rounds), and would be enjoyed by a variety of people, even if each had different palates. Paradise, therefore, is crafted to be a perfect beer for enjoying while hanging out for hours with friends on the beach and enjoying the coast we are blessed with. It is this picture of quintessential coastal life that motivated Holy City to make a statement with Paradise Ale: “Help save paradise. No drill, no spill. It’s not worth the risk.”
It’s April 15–tax day (at least on most years). Some of us get returns, some of us get surprised with extra taxes that are due, but no matter if you owe the IRS money or are owed money by the IRS, we are all getting fleeced to subsidize BP’s criminal behavior through our taxes. This is the largest environmental settlement ever reached in United States history. Yet it turns out that American taxpayers will be footing a large part of the bill, as $15.3 billion will be tax-deductible as “business expenses.” With BP’s tax rate, this leaves taxpayers on the hook for paying for more than $5 billion of BP’s criminal activity.
For months, people on the East Coast have been fighting a proposal to open the east coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. Now we’ve won. The Atlantic has been taken out of the federal proposal for new offshore oil and gas leases.It’s time to celebrate a win for people power and stay engaged in the longterm work of protecting the oceans.
Join us to watch Shore Stories – a new series of six short films that show the powerful organizing that led to this victory. The series explain the dangers we have been working to prevent, and highlight issues we still need to come together to stop (like Seismic testing).
Today is a a day to celebrate. The Obama Administration has chosen to side with the interests of citizens, small businesses, and coastal communities over the influence of Big Oil and has announced the cancellation of plans to offer leases for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic.