Office of the Governor

No Offshore Drilling Off Delaware’s Coast

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), as directed by the Trump Administration through Executive Order 13795, has initiated the process to develop a National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024. This plan could potentially include areas off the coast of Delaware and elsewhere in the Atlantic.

On May 31, 2018, Governor Carney held a roundtable on the risks of offshore drilling with Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, who encouraged Delawareans to write letters and to make their voices heard on offshore drilling.

Tell Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke: No drilling off Delaware’s coast

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  • Drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic off Delaware’s coast would create the risk of a catastrophic spill or other related disasters that would threaten Delaware’s economy and our natural resources.
  • In Delaware, coastal tourism and industry accounts for 59,000 jobs and almost $7 billion in economic production.
  • Impacts to our beaches, bays, shorelines, and water quality from oil spills, leaks, or drilling fluids could deter visitors away from Delaware, severely impacting our coastal economy.
  • Delaware is our country’s lowest-lying state, and the effects of sea-level rise pose significant risks.
  • Expanding fossil fuel production is counter-productive to reducing carbon emissions, and hinders progress toward long-term sustainable energy sources.



May 31, 2018
Governor Carney hosts roundtable on Offshore Drilling with Department of Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt


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