Stopping Trump's Assault on the California Coast

President Trump has promised oil companies unrestricted access to oil and gas reserves under America's oceans, and their plan to dramatically expand offshore drilling threatens every ocean and coastline in the country. And with a moratorium on offshore fracking in the Pacific recently lifted by the federal government, marine wildlife and California coastal communities face the imminent threat of oil spills, toxic pollution, and more pipelines and offshore oil platforms.

In response the Center's Oceans Program has launched a bold campaign to halt Trump's assault on California's iconic coastline.

So far 17 California communities have joined, passing resolutions opposing new offshore drilling and fracking in the Pacific.


We're calling on volunteers who are ready to get to work protecting the coast they love. Join other activists up and down the state of California to urge your city to pass a resolution calling for:

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

2. Prohibit new federal oil and gas leasing in all U.S. waters, including off the coast of California.

From the infamous Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969 to the BP disaster in 2010, humans have seen again and again that when we drill, we spill. There is simply no safe way to drill our oceans. But the consequences aren't even limited to the devastating spills that tragically kill wildlife and wreak havoc on coastal communities — our oceans and coastlines also suffer from the fact that the offshore oil industry is permitted to dump more than 9 billion gallons of wastewater into the Pacific every year, including toxic wastewater from fracking. It's time to put an end to the dangerous and dirty practices of offshore drilling and fracking for good.

We need California volunteers from San Diego to Del Norte to urge their local elected officials to resist Trump's plan to ravage the California coast with oil platforms by passing resolutions. The Center recently secured our first resolution in Santa Barbara, and we're just getting started. Numerous other cities are moving forward with resolutions of their own.


We've put together 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? We hope so.

Please contact Oceans Campaigner Blake Kopcho at or (510) 844-7153 to get started, or simply sign up here today.


Check out this map of resolutions that have passed so far.


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