Emergency Petition to Biden’s Interior Dept: Stop Permitting Gulf Drilling

Please join us in petitioning the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to immediately stop approving new drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico unless and until the agency complies with NEPA and properly analyzes the climate impacts of approving new oil and gas drilling activity.

Read see the summary below and the full petition here: https://bit.ly/GulfPetition

**DEADLINE FOR JOINING: February 4th, 2022.**

Original signers include the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Healthy Gulf, Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network, Port Arthur Community Action Network, and Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe Nation of Texas.

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact Molly Morabito (MMorabito@biologicaldiversity.org) at the Center for Biological Diversity with any questions.

SUMMARY

President Biden has acknowledged that we are facing a “profound climate crisis.” Yet rather than taking the bold action necessary to address the climate emergency, the Biden administration held the largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history this past November — offering up more than 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to the oil industry.

This decision was not only a spectacular failure of climate leadership, it was also unlawful. On January 27th, a federal court invalidated the Department of the Interior’s decision to hold the lease sale (Lease Sale 257) because it failed to properly consider the climate impacts that would result from expanded oil and gas activity in any of its environmental analyses for the sale.

That same violation applies to all new oil and gas activity that the Interior has approved, and is approving, in the Gulf. The Interior Department has been using the same analyses that the federal court found unlawful to approve exploration plans, development plans, and drilling permits on nearly 11 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico already leased to oil companies.

The Interior’s failure to assess the climate impacts of drilling activity puts our climate, wildlife, and frontline communities at even greater risk from the numerous harms inherent in offshore oil and gas activity.

Please join us in petitioning the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to immediately stop approving new drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico unless and until the agency complies with NEPA and properly analyzes the climate impacts of approving new oil and gas drilling activity.