Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for April 7, 2009

Speak Out Against Offshore Drilling on April 16

Next week, the Bay Area will host a national debate over oil, gas and energy impacts to our waterways. On Thursday, April 16, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a hearing in San Francisco to gauge public opinion on offshore oil and gas drilling and other energy proposals. Please take action today to speak out against offshore drilling.

oil_derrickWhile the Bay Area's coastal waters won't be open to drilling under these proposals, expanded oil production anywhere along the West coast has the potential to increase vessel traffic in San Francisco Bay. That means a greater risk for oil spills that can harm the Bay's ecosystem and wildlife. Here in the Bay Area, we’re still experiencing the impacts of the Cosco Busan oil spill, and it's important that we tell Secretary Salazar that we don't want to increase the chances of another oil spill in the Bay.

Please join San Francisco Baykeeper and a broad coalition of advocacy groups to speak out against opening U.S. coasts to drilling. This is one of only four hearings being held across the country, so make your voice heard!

Speak out

Attend the hearing
Thursday, April 16, 8am – 8pm
Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF
Robertson Auditorium
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
View a map of the hearing location.

Learn more at www.nottheanswer.org.

Read the news coverage of the hearing that happened Tuesday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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