One year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and triggering the largest accidental oil spill in history.
When all was said and done in July, it had spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf, threatening sea turtles, whale sharks, spawning bluefin tuna and countless other species of fish and marine life.
We all watched the news helplessly day after day as the attempts to cap the well failed. We asked you all to take action with us to stop offshore drilling - and more than 100,000 of you did - and we can’t thank you enough. Under pressure from people like you, President Obama banned offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, a huge victory for our coasts.
But now, just one year later, the push to expand offshore drilling is stronger than ever.
Even after the worst oil spill disaster in our history, some members of Congress are trying to open our oceans to more offshore drilling – putting threatened marine life, jobs and our coastal economies at risk.
Oceana is leading the fight to stop offshore drilling – but we need you to stand with us. Please contact your members of Congress today and tell them you support a transition to clean energy like offshore wind -- not more dirty drilling.
We also need your support to help hire the advocates, organizers and scientists we need to hit back against Big Oil and protect marine animals. Donate today to join us in the fight to stop offshore drilling for good.
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