GULF OF MEXICO - APRIL 21: In this handout image provided be the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010 near New Orleans, Louisiana. An estimated leak of 1,000 barrels of oil a day are still leaking into the gulf. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person crew. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard)
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010 near New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

In March 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plans to offer for sale to Big Oil “all available acreage” (47 million acres) in the central Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil and gas drilling, and the agency’s draft five-year plan includes 10 regionwide lease sales to drill in the Gulf.

Meanwhile, Louisiana continues to struggle in the aftermath of historic flooding — what the Red Cross called “the worst disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy” — and the Gulf is still in recovery five-plus years after the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling disaster that killed 11 people and spilled 4 million gallons of oil that killed wildlife and devastated Gulf Coast communities.

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We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, and stop treating the Gulf Coast like a sacrifice zone.

In the midst of a climate-fueled disaster, which will most gravely impact those already marginalized in our society, moving forward with this auction is a terrible idea.

In this moment, we need to stand with Gulf communities who have been resisting the fossil fuel industry for decades.

ACTIONS:

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell President Obama: *No* new lease sales for offshore drilling in the Gulf. 

MAKE THE CALL: Tell Pres. Obama, Sec. Jewell and BOEM Dir. Abigail Hopper: No new leases to drill in the Gulf.

June 2010 BP oil spill (Photo: NOAA via Flickr usoceangov)
June 2010 BP oil spill (Photo: NOAA via Flickr usoceangov)