We, the undersigned businesses of the coastal recreation and tourism sector, are strongly opposed to new offshore drilling and seismic exploration in U.S. waters.
Coastal recreation and tourism are major economic drivers for coastal communities and the nation as a whole. The expansion of offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, or Arctic would pose a major threat to our natural resources, economy, and way of life. Oil and gas development would cause ecological harm through both seismic exploration and drilling operations. If a major oil spill were to occur, the environment that supports our industry would be severely damaged and the quality of life of both residents and visitors would be significantly degraded.
As stewards of our nation’s public resources and coastal economies, we ask for your leadership in protecting our ocean ecosystems and coastal communities from new offshore oil leases and seismic exploration activities.