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[Fwd: Stop Risky Offshore Drilling Without Environmental Review]

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Biological Diversity

Dear Kenneth C,

Even after the April 20 BP explosion in the Gulf -- now the largest oil spill in U.S. history -- 19 new drilling plans in the Gulf were approved without environmental review. Now, the Center for Biological Diversity is working to halt risky offshore drilling by ensuring that the oil industry can't skirt environmental laws.

President Obama described the agency that oversees drilling as "too cozy" with the offshore-oil industry, yet the steps taken so far aren't enough to end dangerous drilling. The utter lack of environmental review during agency approvals of drilling plans is one sign of this chummy relationship, as is the systematic suppression of scientists' input and scientific reports. The fox is still guarding the henhouse.

We need your help to tell our government that this lax oversight is inexcusable. Just as BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling plan escaped scrutiny, the official policy continues to exempt drilling plans from conducting any meaningful analysis of the risks and dangers of oil drilling.

The president's Council for Environmental Quality is reviewing the policy that allows drilling to go forward without review, and you can help stop this practice. We have until June 17 to submit comments.
Please send a letter today.

Click here to find out more and take action.

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Sample letter:

Subject: Offshore Oil Drilling Needs Environmental Review

Dear President Obama,

I am writing to urge the Council on Environmental Quality to protect our coasts and oceans through rigorous environmental review of offshore oil and gas activities throughout the United States. The conduct of the Minerals Management Service that preceded the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion is shameful and will blight our nation's history and the environment.

The use of the categorical exclusion process has been an ineffective tool for ensuring thorough environmental review of oil and gas activities. The oil and gas industry has had a free pass with respect to complying with the laws demanding protection of marine mammals, endangered species, and clean water. This can no longer continue, especially in light of the devastation in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. government has a responsibility to protect natural resources for the benefit of its citizens. The National Environmental Policy Act seeks to guarantee this protection through analyzing relevant environmental risks and allowing public participation. The use of categorical exclusions in the context of approvals for oil and gas activities eviscerates this law entirely.

Please act now to end all use of categorical exclusions for oil and gas activities. Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on this important review of the Minerals Management Service's policies, practices, and procedures. Thank you.

Please take action by June 17, 2010.

Donate now to support our work.

BP spill flaring operation photo by Patrick Kelly, U.S. Coast Guard.

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