Texas Tells Trump: No More Offshore Drilling Off Our Coasts: Press Release

February 5, 2018

 

Austin, Texas — Local environmental advocates, business leaders, and elected officials will rally on Tuesday, February 6 at 3:30 PM to send a clear message to the Trump administration that more offshore drilling is not welcome off Texas’ coast.

 

In early January, Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released a draft offshore drilling plan that proposed an unprecedented expansion of offshore drilling into nearly all of America’s waters, from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

For Texas, the five-year leasing plan proposes no buffer or exclusion for any part of the Western Gulf, even as the Trump administration looks to rollback important safety provisions put in place in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill.

 

The crowd, many dressed in beach wear, will gather outside the administration’s public hearing on the draft plan — the only hearing scheduled in Texas — to highlight the threats offshore drilling poses to our coastline, climate, marine ecosystems, and the health and economic well-being of our communities. After rally, members will enter Embassy Suites and reject Trump’s Drill-friendly plan.

 

 

WHAT: Texas Tells Trump: No More Offshore Drilling Off Our Coasts

 

WHEN: 3:30 PMTuesday, February 6th

 

WHERE: Parking Lot at corner of Clayton Lane and I-35 Access Road near 5901 N. I-35, Embassy Suites by Hilton.

 

WHO:

  • Rebekah Hinojosa, No LNG in Rio Grande Valley Coalition
  • Bryan Parras, Long-Time Organizer for TEJAS (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services) and Sierra Club
  • Luke Metzger, Environment Texas
  • Adrian Shelley, Director, Public Citizen’s Texas Office
  • Diane Wilson