Oppose opening our oceans to new offshore drilling!
Seabirds and beach nesters, such as the American Oystercatcher, are particularly vulnerable to oil spills. Photo credit: Will Stuart
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recently announced the Trump administration's plans to open 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf off the U.S. coast to oil and gas exploration. The drilling plan will be in effect from 2019 to 2024 and includes  47 potential lease sales along the Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic coasts. 

National Audubon Society and the Elisha Mitchell Audubon chapter are strongly against this plan.

David Yarnold, president of National Audubon Society, says: "Coastal communities profit from sustainable beach tourism and protecting birds and places they need, both of which would be directly affected by oil spills. This five-year plan ignores millions of Americans who don't want their shorelines put in harm's way."
 
Make your voice heard by commenting on the proposed offshore drilling plan  before March 9th.

"Rally to Raleigh" to Oppose Offshore Drilling in NC

On Monday, February 26th, from 3 to 7 p.m., staff from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public meeting at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel to answer questions about the plan. There will also be a press event and rally at 6 p.m. at the same location. State leaders and experts will stand with participants in opposition to proposed oil and gas exploration and seismic testing off North Carolina's coast. Come rally and support healthy coastal habitats!

Still have questions? Learn more about this issue at nccoast.org/oil and dontdrillnc.org.

Thank you for taking a stand to protect our coastal habitats.

Sincerely,

Nancy Casey, Jamie Harrelson, Bethany Sheffer, and Steve Yurkovich
Advocacy Committee -  Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

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