Offshore drilling banned for next 7 years: The Surfrider Foundation says "thanks" to those who helped make it happen

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San Clemente, CA (December 1, 2010) – In response to the Obama Administration’s announcement today regarding a ban on offshore drilling, the Surfrider Foundation issued the following statement:

“Today the Obama Administration announced that it will be banning new offshore drilling along the continental United States for the next seven years. The Surfrider Foundation applauds this decision and holds it up as a major victory for our nation’s oceans and coastlines, and for the local communities who depend on them for their livelihoods. The Surfrider Foundation is particularly proud of their 20,000+ activists who send letters and messages to President Obama asking for the reinstatement of the executive moratorium on offshore drilling. Even as hundreds of Gulf Shore communities continue to struggle to recover from this nation’s most devastating environmental disaster, today’s decision underscores the importance of grassroots mobilization to protect our nation’s natural resources. America must permanently ban all new offshore drilling, end the harmful practice of seismic testing and continue to move towards clean and renewable energy.”

The Surfrider Foundation has been working to reinstate the federal on offshore drilling since 2008. For more information, please visit

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to

thanks you for your help in restoring the offshore drilling moratorium. While the national press release is listed below, the Suncoast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation would like to say “thank you” to all who helped spread the word and raised their voices to share in our common victory.

Also noteworthy is the act concludes our 150th victory since January 2006, when we established our vision for "150 victories by the end of 2010".

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