*Photo used with permission. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6th, 2010 For more information, CONTACT: Donna Hoffman,
Ken Kramer, Sierra Club, 512-626-4204 or Charlotte Wells, Galveston Baykeeper, 281-455-9595,
Off Shore Drilling Oil Spill Threatens Houston
Houston and other Texas Residents
stage mock “oil slick” at Offshore Technology Conference to show need to end offshore drilling
(Houston) As the Gulf
Coast oil catastrophe quickly grows into one
of the largest environmental disasters in United
States history, Houston and other Texas residents gathered today at the world’s largest oil industry conference to show solidarity with communities on the Gulf Coast and call for offshore drilling to be taken off the table in order to protect the beaches of Galveston and Padre Island from a similar catastrophe.
“This tragic oil disaster in the Gulf
Coast changes everything,”
Charlotte Wells with Galveston Baykeeper said. “It shows that offshore drilling is risky, dangerous, and can ruin our beaches. A potential oil spill offshore from Galveston or Padre Island could destroy our shrimping and fishing industry and our tourist economy including the important birding area activities. This is a wake-up call. We need to clean up our Gulf Coast, and we need to clean up America’s
Participants used black plastic and yellow caution tape to stage a mock oil spill on a Galveston or Padre Island beach and to show why we need a moratorium on drilling off our coasts. They then asked people to sign petitions against offshore drilling and mocked recent moves by BP, the oil company responsible for the Horizon disaster.
“BP and other oil companies have been raking in billions
of dollars in profits and standing in the way of clean energy
initiatives that would create thousands of good, green jobs
for Americans,” said Donna Hoffman with the Lone Star Chapter (Texas) Sierra Club. “Now we are all left to clean up their mess and deal with the consequences of the oil industry’s
carelessness. We need to get America off of dirty oil, and
move forward to clean energy sources, like wind and solar
power. You don't see these kind of disasters at wind and
Today’s gathering at the OTC in Houston was part of a massive grassroots movement taking place around the country, of communities calling for an end to offshore drilling and the need to move towards a clean energy future. Over 50 protests nationwide are expected this week.
B-ROLL: aerial footage of the oil spill, interview with Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, and images of clean energy solutions like wind and solar power, will be available for free download at www.sierraclub.org/oilspill/footage