Stop Proposals in Congress to Drill in U.S. Waters
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Stop Proposals in Congress to Drill in U.S. Waters

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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.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 12 signatures
    2. by Oceana

      is promoting this campaign today as part of our belated Earth Day Party (read more here: ).

      Tweet this campaign today with the hash tag #EarthdayEveryday

    3. Reached 7 signatures
    4. Happy Anniversary, BP

      by Oceana

      “A Year of Change.”  That’s not a new Obama campaign slogan, it’s the title of a 20-minute film recently released by BP chronicling the catastrophe that now bears the company’s name.
      It’s been twelve months since the blowout on the...

    5. by Oceana

      Today is the one-year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill that is still to this day devastating coastal communities in the region. Are we really considering drilling more? Take a moment to join Oceana and think about "What if an oil spill happened near you?"

    6. Reached 6 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kyle Hackmeister WILLIAMSPORT, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Weatherford International employee

    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Force the oil industry to improve safety preventive measures because their good faith has not happened.

    • Deb Brown RALEIGH, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      "Legislation cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless."

      -Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Please don't harm more lives and kill more animals.

    • mitch elmure ARBS, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      This is so stupid. Where should I start..

      "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."

      Did you consider that no extra legislation is required? Did you consider that what occurred may have just been a failure of a part, or an accident that was unavoidable? Just because some kind of disaster happens doesn't mean legislation has to be put in place to regulate it the day after. Stuff happens. That's the way life is.

      "Wherever there is drilling, oil spills are inevitable."

      This is an incorrect statement. Oil spills are not inevitable, they are probable. It can happen, sure, nobody denies that - but that doesn't mean it for sure will happen.

      This petition is retarded. Seriously. If you want to reduce the occurrence of oil spills, why don't you try making a petition to have people drive less? Oh, you wouldn't do that because it affects your life - sure, it's easy to say "well, let's just not drill!" Too bad, it has to be done. Somebody has to feed your SUV with gasoline. I'm not saying oil spills are good, but they're a possibility in the way we live. That's how technology and nature work together. We (as humans) try to get the math and engineering right, but mother nature generally wins in the end. So, instead of pushing off the responsibility to someone else to drill that oil, why don't you quit this petition and ride a bike to work instead?

    • Thaís Libertine. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
      • over 3 years ago

      Please, we are not separate from nature, we are a part of it, the one that destroys, and the only one who can do something to change the picture, then we do please ... not let to see that we can not eat money where our riches are exhausted!


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