Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Stop Offshore Drilling - April 16, 2009, San Francisco

OceanHealth.Org will be joining a coalition of environmental groups and concerned citizens who will speak out against plans to open our coasts to offshore oil drilling and in support of responsible renewable energy.

Last-minute Bush Administration efforts to end a moratorium on offshore oil drilling are under review on a national basis. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a public meeting in San Francisco to present the Interior's findings on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy resources and potential environmental impacts from their development. The Secretary will also hear comments from public officials, interested organizations, advocacy groups, and private citizens.

You can make a difference by voicing your opinions at the meeting, which will be from 8AM until 8PM on Thursday, April 16. If you can only make it for part of the day, please join the lunchtime rally from 12pm-1pm to encourage the Obama Administration to do the right thing by our oceans and to secure a sustainable energy future for the US.

Please come to:
University of California San Francisco - Mission Bay Conference Center
Robertson Auditorium, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

Learn more by visiting: www.nottheanswer.org

The 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay mobilized hundreds of volunteers to participate in cleanup efforts. To avoid future disasters, we are rallying the public again to speak out about the risks of coastal oil drilling and to support alternatives that will be better for our oceans and the environment without contributing to global warming.

If you can't attend the meeting, then you can submit your comments between now and September 21. For more information on how to submit a comment online, please visit: http://www.mms.gov/5-year/2010-2015DPPComments.htm

Through the Surfrider Foundation's website, you can also send your comments to Secretary Salazar, President Obama and your elected officials: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/not_the_answer_03_09