Stop New Offshore Drilling Off Our Arctic and Atlantic Coasts!

Despite the enduring hazards in the Gulf, the Obama administration just proposed opening our Arctic and Atlantic coasts to new oil and gas drilling. Tell President Obama to protect our waters—and the fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, and communities that depend on them—from the ravages of offshore drilling.

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NRDC Issue Brief: Keep big oil out of America's Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

Five years later, not much has changed—including the impulse to drill.

Leading scientists tell NRDC science scribe Perrin Ireland what happened to BP's oil and what they know about its impact on the Gulf.

When BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, and sank to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, it killed 11 workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude across a huge swath of ocean and coastline. It took 87 days before the flow of oil could be stopped, but the devastation to wildlife and livelihoods continues to this day.

With the support of its allies in Washington D.C., the oil industry has avoided reforms that would make drilling safer. Despite a long chain of failures that led to the blowout, Congress has yet to pass a single law to help prevent future offshore-drilling disasters—even as industry efforts expand in the Gulf and the administration considers opening Atlantic and Arctic waters.

The nation's costly and dangerous dependence on fossil fuel continues to endanger the lives of U.S. workers, the health of our waters, the lifeblood of coastal economies, and the survival of wildlife. There is a better way—putting necessary safeguards in place while also converting to clean energy sources that can't spill or run dry. Former offshore-drilling regulator Liz Birnbaum is right: "We have long since reached the point where we should stop drilling for new supplies of oil."

Five years later, NRDC looks back on the people and places that endured the worst of the disaster, and whose lives continue to be harmed by its impact—and the ongoing blight of the fossil-fuel industry in their waters and on their shores.

Stories from the Gulf

Sarah CraigListen to Byron Encalade (above), a Louisiana oysterman, tell his story.


Stop New Offshore Drilling Off Our Arctic and Atlantic Coasts!

Despite the enduring hazards in the Gulf, the Obama administration just proposed opening our Arctic and Atlantic coasts to new oil and gas drilling. Tell President Obama to protect our waters—and the fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, and communities that depend on them—from the ravages of offshore drilling.

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Other Stories

Voices from the Gulf: Listen as more residents share their experiences.

Under the Surface: See how the BP oil disaster has impacted wildlife.

Frances Beinecke: Thoughts from NRDC's former president and member of the national oil spill commission.

Science Scribe: The most beautiful video you'll ever see about the ugliness of the Gulf spill.

The Deans List: NRDC's Bob Deans on what we've learned—and what we haven't.

Report Card: Congress has failed to implement rules that could prevent another disaster.

Marine Mammals: What toxins from the BP spill might be doing to whales and dolphins.

onEarth Q&A: Former offshore drilling regulator Liz Birnbaum on what went wrong.

Disaster, Not a Spill: How Gulf communities talk about the ongoing calamity.

NRDC Q&A: Fisherfolk on the front line.

NRDC Issue Brief: Keep big oil out of America's Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

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BP says the Gulf is A.O.K.—this shrimper begs to differ
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The BP disaster isn't over for the Gulf's whales and dolphins
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The top offshore drilling regulator during the Gulf disaster says Atlantic exploration is a bad idea
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In Deep Water
The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf, and How to End Our Oil Addiction
By Peter Lehner
with Bob Deans

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