The Problem with Offshore Drilling:
In November of 2018, a federal decision opened more than 1-billion acres in the Arctic and the East Coast, including the entire coast of Georgia, for seismic testing and offshore drilling. The risks associated with this type of testing and drilling would cause irreparable damage to Georgia’s wildlife and water resources.
The recent Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 covered the gulf coast and waterways with almost 5 million barrels of oil. To this day, the invaluable wildlife and shoreline resources of coastal communities have not fully recovered. Georgia’s coast should not be subject to an identical disaster. Home to more than 150 high priority plant and animal species, Georgia’s 100-mile coast boasts some of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Furthermore, an oil spill on Georgia’s coast would not be contained, but would immediately spread through the Ogeechee, Altamaha, and Satilla watersheds affecting inland communities’ drinking water resources and wildlife.
In April of 2019, through the efforts of the Georgia Water Coalition, Georgia’s House of Representatives passed House Resolution 48 opposing offshore drilling and seismic testing. In addition, U.S. Representative Buddy Carter submitted a letter requesting that Georgia be excluded from offshore oil drilling.
While this action has put federal plans for offshore drilling on hold, we must keep the pressure on our legislators to ensure there is never seismic testing or offshore drilling off of Georgia’s coast!
Contact your federal legislators and tell them to ensure there is no drilling on Georgia’s coast!
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