Stop Offshore Drilling
What's At Stake
Keep our coasts permanently off-limits to oil and gas drilling.
There are still large portions of our federal waters that remain open to new drilling leases and the harms that come with them, including oil spills that can devastate ecosystems and coastal communities, exploratory drilling activity that harms marine mammals, and carbon emissions that fuel the climate crisis.
Despite bold promises to reform U.S. oil and gas policies, the Biden administration has continued to move forward with oil and gas development on public lands and waters.
Investing in offshore drilling is not only destructive—it’s nonsense. The Arctic environment is harsh enough to almost guarantee more disasters and irreparable damage to ecosystems. In the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, one spill could mean billions in lost fishing and tourism revenue. The Gulf of Mexico is still recovering from the devastating 2010 BP oil disaster, and communities around the region are heavily burdened by pollution from the petrochemical industry. Oil and gas exploration tactics like seismic blasting are known to injure and kill whales and other marine life. Not only that, digging up dirty fossil fuels locks us into decades of carbon pollution and is a giant step back in the fight against climate change.
Join NRDC in telling the Biden administration that they must cancel the remaining lease sales and commit to no new offshore leasing.
Call on the Biden administration to take bold action for our environment
Reporting, expert commentary, analysis, and more.
Chance of a major oil spill when drilling in just one lease area in the Arctic
The number of miles that oil spills can travel from their point of origin
How much the Atlantic Ocean contributes to the U.S. economy
Number of jobs across Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia that depend on the Atlantic Ocean
Frequency of air gun blasts that will rock the water—and harm marine life—during oil and gas exploration
Number of local, state, and federal elected officials opposed to offshore drilling