Learn → Learn About → Offshore Drilling

SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Learn About Offshore Drilling


highrisk-update-v1-01 Overview

We on the Southeastern coast rely upon the health and beauty of the sea and the shoreline for our world-class coastal industries such as tourism and fishing. Offshore drilling would jeopardize the vitality of our coast with the threat of pollution from oil spills and the industrialization of our coastline with infrastructure such as pipelines and refineries.

Offshore drilling–and the risky exploration process known as seismic airgun blasting–has been proposed for the Southeast Atlantic coast several times in recent years, however popular opposition has so far prevented it from becoming a reality.

In spite of opposition from coastal communities, President Trump has proposed risky exploration and drilling in the Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

President Trump’s careless move came just months after coastal communities defeated President Obama’s reckless offshore drilling proposal (proposed in January 2015 and, due to business and citizen opposition, canceled in March 2016).

SIGN THE PETITION - Pledge To Protect The CoastUse this form to send a quick note to your elected officials, letting them know you’re counting on them to protect our coast.

Rather than endanger our beloved coastal areas with offshore drilling, we can bolster our local economies by increasing energy efficiency and developing clean energy sources such as solar and wind. These clean, renewable energy sources present superb economic development opportunities and yet do not degrade the environment. The Southeast has some of the greatest developable offshore wind resources in the entire country, capable of producing massive amounts of electricity.

Furthermore, we can reduce our need for oil by increasing the efficiency of our vehicles, and using alternative fuels and electric vehicles.

With all of these factors in play, it’s time we put offshore drilling in the past and move on with the clean energy economy.

Follow along with the latest offshore drilling news on our blog’s offshore drilling section here.

Learn Topics


Related Reports

Related How Tos