Stopping Offshore Drilling's Assault on Our Oceans

The Trump administration proposed to dramatically expand offshore drilling off every coast — in the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Arctic. At the same time, it rolled back offshore drilling safety rules, thus threatening wildlife and coastal communities with oil spills, toxic pollution, and more pipelines and offshore oil platforms.

In response, communities started taking bold action to halt the assault. On the Pacific front, 98 communities have passed resolutions so far opposing new offshore drilling and fracking.


We're calling on volunteers to join other activists up and down the West Coast to urge your city to pass a resolution to protect our coast by calling for:

1. A ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling, fracking, and other well stimulation in federal and state waters off the Pacific Coast.

2. Prohibit new federal oil and gas leasing in all U.S. waters, including off the Pacific Coast.


From the infamous Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969 to the BP disaster in 2010, it’s clear that when we drill, we spill. There is simply no safe way to drill our oceans. Oil spills tragically kill wildlife and wreak havoc on coastal communities, and oil companies are allowed to dump billions of gallons of wastewater into the oceans every year — including toxic chemicals from fracking. Offshore drilling also deepens our climate crisis; the administration’s offshore drilling plan includes leases that could generate 50 billion tons of carbon pollution. It's time to put an end to the dangerous and dirty practices of offshore drilling and fracking for good.


Here are all the materials you need to pass a resolution in your city, town or county, including a sample resolution and supporting documents. We can connect you with others in your community and support you every step of the way.

Ready to get involved? Sign up here today.

Questions? Email Stephanie Prufer or call her at (510) 844.7100 ext. 362. You can also watch our video on setting up a local resolution.


Check out this map of resolutions opposing new offshore drilling and/or fracking.

Communities that have passed resolutions in California are Alameda County, Arcata, Berkeley, Capitola, Carlsbad, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Chula Vista, Contra Costa County, Costa Mesa, Cotati, Culver City, Dana Point, El Segundo, Encinitas, Escondido, Eureka, Fairfax, Fort Bragg, Goleta, Grover Beach, Half Moon Bay, Hayward, Hermosa Beach, Humboldt County, Imperial Beach, Laguna Beach, Lemon Grove, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marin County, Marina, Monterey, Monterey County, Morro Bay, National City, Norwalk, Oakland, Oceanside, Ojai, Mendocino County, Oxnard, Pacific Grove, Pacifica, Petaluma, Point Arena, Richmond, Redondo Beach, San Clemente, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, San Mateo County, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Santa Clarita, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, Santa Monica, Scotts Valley, Solana Beach, Sonoma County, Trinidad, Ventura County, Vista, Watsonville, West Hollywood, and Windsor. 

Communities in Oregon are Gold Beach, Newport, Port Orford, Toledo, Lincoln City, Yachats and Portland.

Communities in Washington that have passed a resolution are Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Ilwaco, Long Beach, Montesano, Ocean Shores, Pacific County, Raymond, Seattle, South Bend, and Westport.

Communities that have passed letters of opposition in California are Carpinteria, Del Mar, Los Osos, Pismo Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Diego County, San Leandro, San Luis Obispo County, Ventura; and in Washington are Clallam County.



VIDEO: Webinar on how to pass a local resolution


Channel Island National Park banner photo by Blake Kopcho, Center for Biological Diversity