Last year, as many of you remember, there was an ill-conceived legislative to reverse three decades of Federal and state bans on offshore oil drilling, which have protected our state’s most treasured and valuable resource – its coastlines. This bill was advanced by, as noted by the Bradenton Herald, “a secretive group of powerful legislators, business groups and Texas oil companies.” (Bradenton Herald, 8/30/2009 http://www.bradenton.com/news/breaking_news/story/1672172.html).
Well, they’re back again – and we all need to get active on this issue and remain fiercely opposed to dangerous and destructive drilling that would offer no relief at the gas pump, but would threaten our pristine beaches and endanger our vital tourism industry.
Please contact the Cocoa Beach Chapter firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com on how you can get more engaged on this issue.
READ SURFRIDER SPEECH at first Legislative Committee Hearing
Hands Across the Sand, February 17th!!! – Dont Miss this Event!
List of Local Govt Resolutions OPPOSED to Drilling – Tell your Community to Do the Same!
Australian Oil Well Catches Fire… After trying to plug the leak
Lawmakers’ Love Affair with Big Oil – Carl Hiassen piece
Drilling on the East Coast (Interview with TC Chapter)
ONGOING AUSTRALIA EXAMPLE
A massive oil spill is happening off the coast of Australia (see photos below) beginning over 2 months ago, at least 17,000 gallons of crude oil a day have been gushing into the ocean near critical habitat for sea turtles, dolphins and the endangered pygmy blue whale. The sick irony is that the lobbyists pushing to drill in Florida waters have touted Australia as a model, and the oil rig that caused this ongoing ecological disaster was acclaimed as safe, new technology when it was built just a year ago.
Below are photos of the current spill in Australia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skytruth/sets/72157622226354812/detail/
You can download satellite pictures and get the daily updates by going to: