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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Sierra Club: Offshore Drilling Off the Atlantic Coast “Will Ensure a Disaster”

Donald Trump today directed the Department of the Interior to review the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Oil and Gas leasing program, and will seek to undo President Barack Obama’s permanent protection for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, threatening Virginia coastal economies and communities.

Drilling off Virginia’s coasts will present an immediate threat to coastal communities and wildlife while posing a long term one as it contributes to climate change.

In response Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

issued the following statement:

“Offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean will ensure a disaster for our coasts. It would be ludicrous for the federal government to allow offshore drilling in these waters."

“Since the BP oil spill disaster in 2010, Congress has yet to pass a single law strengthening federal oversight of offshore oil and gas development, drilling safety or environmental safeguards. It is incredibly irresponsible and completely unnecessary to open East Coast communities up to this risk."

“To tackle climate change, we must keep dirty fuels in the ground. Given this pressing issue, we should instead be exploring our region's huge offshore wind potential.”

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The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world.

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