Surfrider: Offshore Drilling is Not The Answer - Restore the Moratorium

Alex Dick-Read

The tragic and devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reminder that offshore oil drilling is not the answer.

The Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the ecologically rich waters in the Gulf of Mexico and continues to gush 210,000 gallons of oil into the sea every day. The spill remains unabated and now has the potential to become one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The unfolding catastrophe clearly illustrates that offshore drilling is not safe and new technology is not fool proof.

We are reminded why the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill led to state and federal moratoriums on offshore oil drilling. The tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico makes it clear that it is time once again time to restore those moratoriums.

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  1. Geno

    These insendents are horrable for the enviroment. But the country needs the oil and you as surfers need it too. Resin and foam come from oil. The oil company’s just need to do it safer. I was in Santa Barbra when that Oil spill happened. The spill did get cleaned up and major regulations were put in place the safety equipment evolved from that was a major improvement. The Oil company’s will learn from this too. I am a Surfer and Sailor and a Offshore oil worker.


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