“One hearing is proposed in each coastal state — all sited in state capitals, and away from the coastal communities where massive attendance from an outraged public would be likely.
California’s hearing will be held on Feb. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the obscure Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 “I” Street, Sacramento.”
From our friends at the Sierra Club, Redwood Chapter:
Protect the Pacific
The Trump administration continues to raise the bar on its egregious favoritism to the fossil fuel industry while ignoring the sensitive environment it aims to destroy and the public’s opposition to that destruction.
The administration has announced plans to accept bids for offshore oil leases everywhere along our coasts (Atlantic and Pacific) except for Florida. Six sites in California would be immediately included, two in the south, two in the center, and two here on the North Coast. We don’t need to tell you how coastal drilling fouls our pristine beaches and fragile wildlife habitats. You’ve seen it. You know what an oil spill can do.
We all heaved a sigh of relief in 2015 when President Obama authorized the expansion of the Cordell Banks and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries off our local coasts, more than doubling their size and establishing what was intended to be permanent protection for the most fragile parts of the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts to north of Point Arena. At the Gualala celebration of this decree Congressman Jared Huffman speculated about pushing the boundaries even farther north: “there’s no logical stopping point short of the Arctic.”
Sierra Club has successfully defeated past efforts to drill along the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts, and we will continue that fight today.
Trump’s “America First Energy Policy” incorporates direct threats to five National Marine Sanctuary designations, including Cordell Banks and Greater Farallones. The Point Arena Basin, which is half in and half out of the Sanctuary, may be particularly at risk.
We can’t let this catastrophe take place.
One hearing is proposed in each coastal state — all sited in state capitals, and away from the coastal communities where massive attendance from an outraged public would be likely.
California’s hearing will be held on Feb. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the obscure Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 “I” Street, Sacramento.
We will be there to comment and rally. We hope you will join us, too. We need your voice.
If you can attend the rally and/or the meeting in Sacramento, we will be organizing some carpools and possibly provide bus transportation from Santa Rosa.
- Send and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to carpool on Feb. 8 or inquire about the bus.
- Attend the Feb. 8 meeting and RSVP to BOEM to let them know you’re coming.
- Send a message urging BOEM to hold additional meetings in California, including some in coastal areas
- Call or write your Congressional representative to let them know you oppose offshore drilling and to urge them to demand additional hearings. Click here for Sample Text.