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Winning Issue » OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING


Until a 30-year moratorium expired in 2012, oil exploration and drilling off our Atlantic and Pacific coasts had been prohibited. However, by recently approving the use of sonic cannons to locate energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor, our current administration has recently decided to allow oil exploration and drilling off our Atlantic coast. It has estimated that about 5 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 38 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas lie beneath federal waters from Florida to Maine. Even so, past court decisions have upheld the right of a state to ban drilling if it threatens its coast or fisheries. Unhappy environmentalists are worried about the use of sonic cannons, which shoot sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine, into waters shared by whales and turtles. They, along with fishing and tourism advocates, fear an oil spill or accident could irreparably damage coastal ecosystems along with the industries they support. The memory of the ecosystem damage resulting from BP’s 210 million gallon Gulf oil spill in 2010 is still fresh in the minds of many. They claim these ecosystems have still not recovered, and say there remain many risks in the business of deepwater drilling which oil companies are not prepared for.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1330 - American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act
H.R.1977 - Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current offshore oil drilling policy and wish to defeat H.R.1330 - American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act and H.R.1977 - Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing a lease or other authorization for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in either the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, or the North Atlantic planning areas, and wish to pass H.R.1977 - Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and/or Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support developing a five-year oil and gas leasing program, to determine a specified domestic strategic production goal for the development of oil and natural gas as a result of that program; implementing a leasing program that includes at least 50% of the available unleased acreage within each outer Continental Shelf planning area considered to have the largest undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources, and wish to pass H.R.1330 - American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and/or Rep. Steve Stivers (OH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support amending the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing a lease or other authorization for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in either the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, or the North Atlantic planning areas, and wish to pass H.R.1977 - Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and/or Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
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April 9, 2020


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