Another day, another oil spill. Every time you look at the news it feels like an oil pipeline disaster is being reported. This time it’s in Southern California. 

Over 140,000 gallons of crude oil have been spilled into the Pacific Ocean whose oil sheen is visible for miles. The impact to wildlife will be catastrophic, affecting birds, whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures who will perish from being drenched in oil and breathing in the toxic fumes. Beaches could remain closed for weeks if not months. 

This spill is a stark reminder of the threat offshore drilling presents to the Southern California coastline and its ocean economy. We can’t let history keep on repeating itself. We have it in our power to stop new drilling activity along the coast. 

With the American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act introduced by Rep. Mike Levin we can tell Congress to prohibit the Department of the Interior from issuing leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas along the coastline. 

California has been the site of several large oil spills in recent history. It’s time that we put the environment and the coast’s unique way of life ahead of the fossil fuel companies seeking to profit from pollution.

Send a message to your member of Congress today and ask them to support H.R. 3053 not just for California, but for people from coast-to-coast who want to protect cherished marine life for generations to come.