Atlantic Coast Offshore Drilling

In 2016, the Interior Department announced as part of a new five-year drilling plan virtually all of the Arctic and the southeast Atlantic coast of the U.S. would become off limits for offshore drilling. This victory was the result of the hard work of the Assateague Coastal Trust, Waterkeeper Alliance and our many partners like Oceana and Surfrider who organized over 100 local cities and towns up and down the East Coast to oppose offshore drilling. Unfortunately, under the Trump administration, this victory is being threatened and the Atlantic Coast could be opened again for seismic surveying and offshore drilling for oil and gas.

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Maryland’s 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

With the 2018 Maryland Session coming to a close earlier this month, we’d like to let you know about the important legislative victories we achieved along with some of the policies we may revisit in 2019. Over the past few months, Waterkeepers Chesapeake partnered with Maryland waterkeepers and other environmental organizations in the General Assembly … Read more

Offshore Drilling Plan Threatens Atlantic Coast, Ignores Overwhelming Opposition

On August 16, 2017, on behalf of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Assateague Coastkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance and more than 70 organizations, representing thousands of businesses and citizens, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) submitted comments asking the Trump Administration to reject offshore drilling in the Atlantic. SELC released this statement: The comments said “Opening the Atlantic to offshore oil and … Read more

Victory! Atlantic Coast Protected from Offshore Drilling

Victory! Today, the Interior Department announced as part of a new five-year drilling plan, virtually all of the Arctic and the southeast Atlantic coast of the U.S. will become off limits for offshore drilling. Secretary Jewel Tweeted: BREAKING → Next 5-year offshore proposed plan protects the Atlantic for future generations.SJ Thanks to the hard work … Read more

#MyEastCoast: No Offshore Drilling Social Media Blitz

This Labor Day weekend, take part in a social media storm to say “No Offshore Drilling on #MyEastCoast!” Waterkeepers up and down the East Coast are asking for your help to spread the word that the Atlantic Coast should not be opened to seismic testing and offshore drilling and fracking for oil and gas. When … Read more

Waterkeepers Chesapeake Strongly Opposes Atlantic Offshore Drilling

Today, Waterkeepers Chesapeake submitted comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) expressing strong opposition to the inclusion of the Mid- and South Atlantic planning areas in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s draft 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a coalition of 18 independent Waterkeeper programs located … Read more