Offshore Drilling Public Meeting
The Department of Interior announced plans on Jan. 4 to dramatically expand offshore drilling in U.S waters. The plan targets over 90% of all federal waters for new oil and gas lease sales including the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Gulf of Mexico. There is at least one lease sale proposed for the Oregon/Washington Outer Continental Shelf area, a sale that would take place in 2021. The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition will be actively engaged in opposing the plan.
A series of public meetings will be held around the country on the Trump Administration's proposal, held by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The one in Oregon takes place in Salem on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 3-7 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St., N.E.)
The public comment period begins Jan. 8. To comment, go to https://www.boem.gov/National-Program-Comment/#submitcomments. You will also find more information here about the nature of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement the federal government will be compiling.
Comments can also be sent directly to members of Congress. A short-cut to getting your voice heard by your elected officials is offered by the the Surfrider Foundation.