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For Immediate Release
Marissa Knodel, climate campaigner for Friends of the Earth: (202) 222-0729 or

Public Rally to Oppose Expanding Offshore Drilling


Last week, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its draft 2017-2022 program for oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf. The proposed program offers 10 new leases in the Gulf of Mexico, three off the coast of Alaska, and, for the first time, one off the coasts of Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean. The BOEM is hosting a series of public meetings to facilitate public input on the potential environmental impacts that should be analyzed before the agency gives it final approval. Environmental groups and activists will gather at the kick-off meeting in Washington, D.C. to tell the BOEM that opening our public waters to dangerous oil and gas development is the wrong direction for our environment, climate and economy.

What: A rally to tell the Bureau of Ocean Management not to expand offshore drilling along the Outer Continental Shelf.

Where: In front of theEmbassy Suites Convention Center, 900 10th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

When: 1:15-2 p.m.; Monday, February 9, 2015

Visuals will include a person dressed as a polar bear and signs. Friends of the Earth's president, Erich Pica, will speak about the importance of protecting public waters from offshore drilling. The public will receive comment cards to deliver to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management representatives at the public meeting taking place in the Convention Center between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Background: The draft 2017-2022 offshore drilling program and the potential environmental, climate and economic impacts of offshore drilling.

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