Environment Politics

Hands Across the Sand

May 18, 2017

350 Pensacola and Oceana to Host Hands Across the Sand Event on Pensacola Beach
Event to Oppose New Efforts to Expand Dirty and Dangerous Offshore Drilling

Pensacola, FL– Conservation groups 350 Pensacola and Oceana will host a Hands Across the Sand event on this Saturday, May 20, 2017. The event, one of more than 27 across Florida, will be focused on opposing President’s Trump’s efforts to expand dirty and dangerous offshore drilling off the coasts of the United States.

Late last month, President Trump signed an executive order that requires a review of the five-year program (from 2017-2022) for oil and gas development off the coasts of Florida and other areas, and directs the administration to streamline the permitting process for seismic airgun blasting, an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface. The order ignores overwhelming coastal opposition, and a grassroots movement that compelled the previous administration to abandon plans to pursue offshore drilling and exploration along the Atlantic coast.

Seven years after offshore drilling caused the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, activists will join 350 Pensacola, Oceana and local supporters to gather once again to “draw a line in the sand” and oppose the industrialization of coastal communities and the risk of another BP Deepwater Horizon-like disaster. Speakers from local environmental groups and local elected officials will address attendees before joining hands on the beach to create a visual statement about protecting the Gulf, marine life and the beach towns and economies that depend on them.

The Pensacola City Council and the Escambia County Commission both recently passed resolutions opposing offshore drilling off the coast of Florida. As of today, more than 120 East Coast municipalities, over 1,200 elected officials, and an alliance representing over 41,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families have publicly opposed offshore drilling activities. For a complete list of opposition, please visit www.StopTheDrill.org.

WHEN: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:45 a.m.

WHERE: Meet at the Casino Beach pavilion on Pensacola Beach
20 Casino Beach Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32561

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply

Read This Before Leaving a Comment

Please make sure your comments follow our guidelines:

  • Please use real name - first and last names.
  • No foul language (please). Comments that are obscene, vulgar or sexually oriented will be removed. Creative spelling of such terms or implied use of such language is banned, also.
  • Do not threaten to hurt or kill anyone.
  • Be nice. No racism, sexism or any other sort of -ism that degrades another person.
  • Harassing comments. If you are the subject of a harassing comment or personal attack by another user, do not respond in-kind. Email Rick: Rick@inweekly.net. The comment will be deleted asap.
  • Share what you know. Give us your eyewitness accounts, background, observations and history.
  • Do not libel anyone. Libel is writing something false about someone that damages that person
  • Remember, this is my site. I set the rules and reserve the right to remove any comments that I deem inappropriate and to ban anyone who violates these rules.

Comments that do not adhere will be deleted or marked as SPAM.