When the federal government announced a proposal in 2015 to open the waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to oil and gas drilling, people who live and work along the Southeast coast came out strongly against drilling and for protecting our coastal communities and economies instead.
Communities, elected leaders, and impacted businesses and residents along the Southeast coast united in opposition to this major shift in federal policy. Altogether, more than 120 communities up and down the coast passed resolutions opposing offshore drilling and the harmful seismic testing that precedes it.
In response to the incredible opposition from coastal communities, the federal government removed the Atlantic from its offshore leasing plan, protecting all that is special about the Southeast coast.
Despite this overwhelming opposition, the government is weighing another ill-advised plan for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, which would be a direct threat to the Southeast coast and the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on our clean beaches.
Coastal communities and businesses made it clear to the last president that they do not want offshore drilling, and they’ll do the same with this president.