Deepwater Horizon Anniversary Reminds Why Offshore Drilling Should Be Phased Out, Not Expanded

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.

Another gas shortage? These simple fixes could save us

Recent news and panic of a petroleum pipeline leak in Helena, Alabama (south of Birmingham) is making its way up the East Coast. The pipeline, owned by Colonial Pipeline Company, supplies some 40% of fuel to drivers from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey. More than 336,000 gallons of fuel have leaked so far and those estimates could still rise as more is learned about the leak. The pipeline has been shut down for repairs and therefore has reduced the supply of gasoline to certain markets in the Southeast.

New Shell Oil Spill in the Gulf Underscores Need to Transition to Clean Energy

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.

#TaxDay Blog: Our Tax Money Underwrites BP’s Gulf Negligence

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.

As California Goes (with oil spills), So Goes the Nation?

Although desirable when speaking about solar energy deployment, or adoption of smart meters, the maxim “As California Goes, So Goes the Nation” is not the aspiration when it comes to offshore oil drilling and its inevitable spills and economic and ecological impacts. On Wednesday a state of emergency was declared in California as an oil [...]

Southeast Coast Up For Sale For Offshore Drilling?

Today, the Obama administration proposed a sale to lease the waters off of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia for oil and gas development. The details of this proposal were released in the draft five-year program for the Outer Continental Shelf, which lays out what types of offshore oil and gas activities will be permitted in [...]

Join Hands to Protect Our Treasured Places!

For the past four years, there has been one annual worldwide grassroots event that has championed the cause of clean energy as a replacement to risky fossil fuels: Hands Across the Sand. Since 2010, Hands events have brought thousands of communities together to stand up for their most treasured places in all 50 states and [...]

Local Biz Owners Say Offshore Drilling is Bad for Business

Who would you say is the most qualified entity to talk about what’s good and bad for business on the coast of the Southeastern U.S.? President Obama? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce? Maybe Governor McCrory in Raleigh, North Carolina or Governor Haley in Columbia, South Carolina, or Congressmen who live hundreds of miles from the [...]

This Isnt Settled Yet

This guest post, written by Dan Favre, Communications Director for Gulf Restoration Network, originally appeared on GRN’s blog here. [Editorial note: Sadly, just hours after this landmark settlement, another Gulf oil platform explosion has injured and potentially killed crew members, reaffirming the fact that offshore drilling is a high risk energy source and brings questions [...]

The EV Project expands to Atlanta

The EV Project, which we first blogged about a year ago, is successfully wrapping up in Tennessee. Its impact in bringing electric vehicles (EVs) to the market is significant and will continue for years to come. And, because of the project’s success in TN and other states, it is now expanding across the nation. As part of [...]