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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contacts: Karen Hughes twopalmtrees@sbcglobal.net 858-736-7263
Brady Bradshaw bbradshaw@oceana.org 412-722-9280
 
San Diego City Council to Pass Resolution
Against Offshore Drilling Tuesday

Will join cities across California in protecting our coast and climate

San Diego - Dozens of San Diegans will join San Diego Councilmembers Tuesday to oppose the Trump administration’s proposal to open up U.S. Coastal waters to oil drilling. Offshore drilling for oil and gas threatens our beaches and marine life, and pollution from burning those fossil fuels is the leading cause of climate change and ocean acidification.

The City of San Diego will join 35 other communities in California who have signed resolutions opposing offshore drilling, including several in San Diego County (Solana Beach, Encinitas, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, and Oceanside). In February the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to lobby against the Trump administration proposal. Also in February, hundreds of San Diegans rallied against the offshore drilling proposal and spelled out “No Oil” on Mission Beach (photos here).

What: Press conference ahead of San Diego City Council vote to pass a resolution opposing offshore oil drilling. Dozens of San Diegans with colorful signs and banners.

When: 9:00 am on Tuesday March 6, 2018.


Where: City Hall San Diego Concourse, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Who: Speakers include: San Diego City Councilmembers Barbara Bry, Christopher Ward and Lorie Zapf, Brady Bradshaw (Oceana), Stephanie Corkran (SanDiego350)

Background: The draft five-year program (2019-2024) for new oil and gas activities proposes to open nearly all U.S. federal waters to offshore drilling activities, including six new lease sales off northern, central and southern California. There have been no new federal leases off California since 1984.The draft proposed program is the result of President Trump’s executive order on offshore energy in April 2017, which directed the Department of the Interior to encourage offshore drilling. The public has until March 9, 2018 to comment on the draft proposed program, the first of two opportunities for public comment on the plan.  
 
SanDiego350 is an inclusive volunteer organization building a movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and climate injustice. We strive to create a future that supports a livable planet and just society through education and outreach, public policy advocacy, and mobilizing people to take action. We are affiliated with 350.org, the international climate organization, whose work inspires us.

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With nearly 200 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. To learn more about Oceana’s work in the United States, please visit www.usa.oceana.org.

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