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 then-Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, who encouraged Delawareans to write letters and to make their voices heard on offshore drilling.
Tell the Department of the Interior: No drilling off Delaware’s coast
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OFFSHORE DRILLING – RISKS TO DELAWARE
- 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.