On April 20, 2011, a full year will have passed since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 people and leading to the biggest accidental oil spill in history. Oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, spewing 200 million gallons of oil into the sensitive ocean ecosystem.
In the year since that tragic day, Congress has not passed any legislation to reform offshore drilling policy, or to protect our oceans and coasts in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In fact, some members of Congress are working to expand offshore drilling, even as oil continues to wash up on Gulf beaches.
Wherever there is drilling, oil spills are inevitable.
But right now, some members of Congress, including Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), are introducing legislation that would open up vast areas of the ocean to dangerous offshore drilling – and put thousands of marine animals at risk, from threatened sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, walruses in the Arctic and harbor seals in the Pacific.
Don’t allow another oil spill disaster to happen on our watch. Urge Congress to say NO to reckless legislation that would allow more offshore drilling.