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Oil Pollution: What Oceana Does

oil rigOceana is working to prevent oil pollution by stopping the expansion of offshore oil drilling into previously protected areas.

While we recognize that drilling will continue in many already established areas, expanding into previously protected areas is not necessary. Instead, we should pursue alternative energy options, such as wind and solar.

Based on the direct impacts of oil to ocean wildlife, human health and local communities and its contributions to climate change, Oceana recommends the following:

Reinstate the pre-existing moratoria for offshore oil production including the protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Begin the development of a comprehensive conservation and energy plan for the Arctic that provides a transition from oil to renewable energy and conservation. The plan should include a comprehensive scientific assessment of the health, biodiversity and functioning of Arctic ecosystems, as well as the benefits and consequences of specific industrial activities.

Ongoing activities must be stopped and a precautionary, science-based approach applied to all oil and gas leasing, exploration and development activities in Arctic waters to determine if those activities should be conducted and if so, when, where and how.

Prioritize the development of offshore wind energy in place of offshore oil drilling using financial mechanisms such as loan guarantees and refundable tax credits. Such funds should be extended to manufacturers of necessary technology, as well as to construction firms where needed, to prevent bottlenecks that could limit the development of renewable energy.