Keep Santa Barbara Channel Free of New Off-shore Drilling

April 17, 2017 (Santa Barbara, CA)
Media Contact:
Holly S. Lohuis, Ocean Futures Society
805.899.8899 X1


Jean-Michel Cousteau’s team were the first in the water following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. ©Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society

Santa Barbara, CA – Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, Sierra Club, IndivisibleSB and a multitude of other local organizations will gather at 6pm TONIGHT in support of keeping our Santa Barbara Channel free of new off-shore drilling.

Newly appointed US Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, is scheduled to speak privately Monday evening at the Reagan Ranch Center on Lower State Street. Zinke and Trump are working behind closed doors to decide how much of America’s natural heritage and treasures they will hand over to corporate polluters. Trump has already signed Executive Order 19, opening up drilling in our national parks, and directing Zinke to review, repeal, suspend, or rescind rules which regulate oil and gas drilling in national parks.

Zinke recently announced Trump's plans to issue another Executive Order to open offshore drilling. Make no mistake: offshore drilling will enrich oil billionaires and harm the environment, but have little effect on US energy independence, which is how it's being sold. How ironic is it that Zinke would hold an event a block from the beach that, nearly half a century ago, because of a massive oil spill, gave birth to the modern environmental movement?

Please join us:

Monday, April 17, 6pm
Ryan Zinke Offshore Drilling Protest:
We can’t let Zinke come to Santa Barbara without letting him know that the majority of Santa Barbarans oppose offshore drilling.
WHEN: Monday April 17 at 6:00 pm
WHERE: Public Sidewalk outside of Reagan Ranch Center, 217 State Street, Santa Barbara
WHAT: Protest against Trump and his Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, bring signs, friends, a camera.

About Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society
The mission of Ocean Futures Society is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean's vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. For more information, please visit