U.S. Blocks Oil, Gas Drilling in Atlantic Coastal Waters

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.


The Obama administration on Tuesday pulled back its plan to sell new oil and gas leases off the southeast U.S. coast, ceding to environmental concerns and continuing a trend among federal agencies to slow fossil fuels development in an era of climate change.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the decision not to lease Atlantic coastal waters was made because many coastal communities oppose oil drilling off their shorelines…

Read Full Article, Climate Central

Obama Abandons Plans to Drill in the Atlantic Ocean, The Atlantic (03-15-2016)
Oil and gas exploration off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico will move forward…

Obama Reverses Course on Drilling Off Southeast Coast, The New York Times (03-14-2016)

Obama’s offshore drilling plan meets heavy resistance along Atlantic coast, Guardian UK (01-25-2016)

Estimates of offshore drilling’s benefits exaggerated, report says, The Virginian Pilot (12-15-2015)
A report released in December, and prepared for the Southern Environmental Law Center, contends that the potential economic benefits, as cited in a prior report released in 2013 by the American Petroleum Institute, have been exaggerated and don’t take into account the potential loss of jobs in tourism, commercial fishing and other business sectors…

Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling, Yale E360 (02-28-2015)
It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes the new proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems that an active oil industry would bring…

Don’t Drill Along the East Coast, The New York Times (02-04-2015)

When You Drill, You Spill; Huffington Green (05-27-2015)
The Santa Barbara County spill, one of the largest in California history, reiterates what we already know: We can’t extract oil and transport it without putting our beaches, wildlife, and coastal communities at risk. The sad fact is, when you drill, you spill.