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Obama Administration Approves Seismic Airgun Use off the Atlantic Coast In Spite of Local Opposition and Threats to Marine Life

Posted Fri, Jul 18, 2014 by Claire Douglass to atlantic seismic testing, north atlantic right whale, oil and gas exploration, seismic airgun blasting

A North Atlantic right whale

A North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species that will be impacted by this decision. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons)

For more than 30 years, the Atlantic coast has been off limits to offshore drilling. Today, our government appears to be folding to the pressure of Big Oil and its big money.

This morning, the Obama administration approved the use of dynamite-like blasts to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in the Atlantic Ocean. The decision opens Delaware through Florida—an area twice the size of California—to these blasts, in spite of the proven threats to marine, mounting local opposition, and risks to fisheries.


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Video: BP Oil Spill Aftermath Proves America Needs More Clean Energy

Posted Thu, May 29, 2014 by Claire Douglass to bp oil spill, effects of gulf oil spill, offshore drilling, oil drilling

Deepwater Horizon well explosion

(Photo: SkyTruth / Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, just over four years since the BP oil spill, Oceana is releasing a short documentary titled “Drill, Spill, Repeat?” that uncovers the dark history of oil drilling and highlights how Gulf of Mexico communities and ecosystems are still recovering. Take a look below to learn more and to watch this short clip.


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Drill, Spill, Repeat?

(Photo: Oceana)

Four years ago, at approximately 9:56 PM on April 20, 2010, a massive fire and explosion onboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig began an 87-day response nightmare that would become the worst environmental catastrophe in our nation’s history. The explosion killed 11 crew members, injuring many others, and caused oil to gush freely into the Gulf of Mexico from a damaged wellhead near the ocean floor.


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Drill, Spill, Repeat: Shining a Light on the BP Gulf Disaster 4 Years Later

(Photo: Oceana / Melissa Forsyth)

Last night, D.C residents might have noticed an unusual display outside of popular downtown landmarks like Union Station, the Postal Museum, and The National Gallery of Art. Leading up to the fourth anniversary of the BP Gulf oil disaster, Oceana staff teamed up with The Illuminator to promote our “Drill, Spill, Repeat?” message, which calls on the Obama administration to stop offshore drilling in the Atlantic  before it starts.


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