10 Jan '18, 8pm

It's not just Florida; coastal communities oppose offshore drilling.

Atlantic, Pacific coasts could be open to leasing for first time in decades. #{image.caption} The white sands of Pensacola Beach, Florida, contaminated with oil, tarballs, chemicals and dispersants after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. camera icon Photo © Forestpath/Dreamstime. Background: For the first time in decades, the Atlantic and Pacific coasts will be opened up to oil and gas leasing under the Interior Department’s draft Five Year Plan for leasing in federal waters. Areas off the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Alaska are also open to leasing in the draft 2019 – 2024 plan. Our nation’s coastlines are home to 88 national parks, including icons like Acadia, Biscayne, and Channel Islands national parks, which protect unique coastal and marine environments. National seashores such as Cape Hatteras, Point Reyes, and Cape Cod serve as vacation destinations for beachg...

Full article: https://www.npca.org/articles/1721-offshore-leasing-plan-...

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