Greenpeace USA Responds to the 2017-2022 Five Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program
by Jason Schwartz
November 18, 2016
For Immediate Release — 18 November 2016
In response to the 2017-2022 Five Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which will not contain US Arctic waters but will permit new leases to go forward in the Gulf of Mexico, Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard said:
“Today the Obama Administration showed that it has heard the urgent calls of Alaska’s Arctic communities and millions of Americans in every region of the country. Drilling for oil in Arctic waters must never happen. We join Alaskan communities in praising this decision. And Greenpeace stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Gulf South, who have for too long seen their lands, homes, waters, and health sacrificed to the oil and gas industry. We call on President Obama to act before handing over his office to end drilling off our coasts. We urge the President to do all he can to permanently protect US waters from the disaster of offshore drilling and to move toward no new leases anywhere–not in the Arctic, not in the Atlantic or Pacific, and not in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Please also see this letter from Gulf communities’ to President Obama.