California Offshore Oil Drilling Awareness Meetings

Activists Hold Statewide Meetings To Raise Awareness About The Threat Of Offshore Oil Drilling March 3rd in Encinitas And March 17 in Santa Monica.

WHAT: For decades, the California coast was protected from offshore drilling, but in 2008 both the Federal and Executive moratoriums expired, opening up the entire coastline. Now, decision makers at the state and federal levels are examining ways to capitalize on the lifted moratoriums and erect new platforms in the Pacific. Activists oppose any new drilling, as California's coastlines are the pillar of its economy and the foundation of thriving fishing and tourism industries. In addition, offshore oil drilling and oil spills have the potential to critically impact some of the state's most pristine marine ecosystems and lead to an industrialization of the coastline.

During these forums around California, activists will discuss the looming threats of offshore drilling and will arm local communities with the tools to keep oil rigs at bay.

WHO: Join Surfrider Foundation and Environment California staff, activists, members, and volunteers from around California as they discuss the threats associated with drilling, and educate the public on why an increase in offshore drilling is Not The Answer.

WHERE: March 3, 2010 – Encinitas Community Center: 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, 92024

WHEN: March 17, 2010 – Santa Monica Library Fair: 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, 90405

For additional information or to set up an interview with a Surfrider representative please contact Stefanie Sekich at:

To interview an Environment California representative contact Gina Goodhill:

To learn more about Surfrider's "not the answer" campaign, visit