"All Hands on Deck": Pick up the phone for the Gulf today

Who is your Senator? If you don’t already know, go here.

Who is your Congressperson? Go here.

What should you say? Ask to speak with your Representative/Senator. Once you reach their office, use the following talking points:

  • Hello! My name is ________________, and I’m calling to ask (Representative/Senator) to make a commitment to the Gulf.

  • The BP Drilling Disaster spewed 180 million gallons of oil and tons of toxic dispersant into the Gulf of Mexico and much of it is still out there. This disaster is severely impacting the jobs, lives, and futures of millions of Gulf Coast residents.

  • In response to the disaster, I urge you to support the creation of a local Citizen’s Advisory Council that will give Gulf citizens a voice in making sure the oil industry does not repeat the mistakes that lead to BP’s Drilling Disaster.

  • Also, please hold BP accountable for their violation of the Clean Water Act and guarantee that the penalties are used to fund restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • It will be a long road to restoration, and the government needs to stay focused on the disaster and environmental impacts that are just beginning to play out. It is the only way to ensure that the people and places affected by the disaster are made whole again.

  • Thank you for your time

The Surfrider Foundation's 'Not the Answer' campaign has been working to help Gulf residents and ecosystems before and after the April BP oil spill disaster — and we will not stop until a full resolution is reached.

Currently, we are doing chapter sponsored water testing, and partnering with several local organizations to find the truth. Today, we join forces with hundreds, if not thousands of people, to make a difference.

Please call Congress and tell your representative that the Gulf needs a Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. The main reason: to help prevent future disasters and get the Clean Water Act fines paid by BP which should go toward restoring the coast.

Simply call the United States Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121), ask for your Senator and then ask for your Congressperson.

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