Friday, February 16, 2018

ACTION: STOP OFFSHORE DRILLING

From Indivisible Oregon....

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, February 16, 2018
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STOP OFFSHORE DRILLING – PROTECT OUR COASTS
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#ProtectOurCoasts
#OffshoreDrilling

The Trump administration has put virtually all of America's coastlines on the auction block by opening them to offshore drilling. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposals include 47 leases covering 98% of US waters – over a billion previously protected acres.

They are rescinding safety regulations enacted to prevent another Deepwater Horizon disaster.  The destruction caused by a major oil spill is obviously devastating.  But so is the continual degradation of habitat and injury caused by frequent if smaller leaks from drilling, tankers and underwater pipelines, as well as seismic air gun blasts used in exploration.

The economic and environmental health of coastal states is threatened.  In Oregon alone, a $2 billion local economy and 22,000 jobs dependent on coastal fishing and tourism are at risk.  So is the health of our fragile marine ecosystems and wildlife.

This decision was enacted with no public input.  At so-called "open houses" local citizens were not allowed to speak.  In response, thousands of protesters have rallied across the country, including hundreds in Salem.

We must all make our voices heard.  Tell Congress they must not allow the health of our oceans and beaches to be sold away to the oil industry.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE **
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATOR MERKLEY AND REPRESENTATIVES BLUMENAUER AND BONAMICI:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am concerned about the Trump Administration’s efforts to overturn protection of our coastline from drilling. I thank the [Senator/Representative] for co-sponsoring [S. 999/ H.R. 2272], the Coastal Anti-Drilling Act. We need him/her to push for hearings on this bill and to exercise his/her authority under the Congressional Review Act to ensure that our coastal environment and communities are protected. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATOR WYDEN AND REPRESENTATIVES DEFAZIO, SCHRADER AND WALDEN
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am concerned about the Trump Administration’s efforts to overturn protection of our coastline from drilling. I ask the [Senator/Representative] to support [S. 999/ H.R. 2272], the Coastal Anti-Drilling Act, and to exercise his authority under the Congressional Review Act to ensure that our coastal environment and communities are protected. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**

Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Congressional delegation about protecting our coasts from drilling by exercising their power under the Congressional Review Act and to support S. 999/ H.R. 2272.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

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