Deepwater Horizon tragedy: surfing is seriously threatened in the US East Coast

The tragic and devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reminder that offshore oil drilling is not the answer.

The Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the ecologically rich waters in the Gulf of Mexico and continues to gush 210,000 gallons of oil into the sea every day.

The spill remains unabated and now has the potential to become one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The unfolding catastrophe clearly illustrates that offshore drilling is not safe and new technology is not fool proof.

Tell the Obama Administration new drilling is not the answer. Our coasts and the economy they support cannot withstand anymore. We are reminded why the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill led to state and federal moratoriums on offshore oil drilling.

The tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico makes it clear that it is time once again time to restore those moratoriums.

Surfer Against Sewage: one day, they will command UK's political decisions...

Clean water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have sent their Clean Seas And Coastal Protection Manifesto out to all candidates standing in the general election. SAS are also calling on all surfers, waveriders and water users to send a copy of their manifesto to their local candidates asking for their commitment to clean seas for the UK.

Last year 11.6 million UK adults participated in water sports and water based leisure activities at the UK’s coastline, helping to highlight just how popular the coast has now become as a place to pursue healthy and active lifestyles. However, there remain numerous threats to the coastal environment requiring urgent attention, if the nation’s beaches are to remain a favourite place to visit.

When it comes to protecting the UK’s coastline from environmental degradation, passionate water users and voters will look to MP’s to take the lead. It is vitally important that Parliament responds positively to this challenge and continues to take a strong lead on coastal protection issues.

Access to a clean coastal environment will be an important environmental topic for voters at the General Election. With this in mind we are asking that all candidates sign up to promoting the 5 objectives within the manifesto.

We are also urging wave riders and water users to email a copy of SAS’s manifesto to their local candidates.

Five Political Objectives To Preserve And Protect The UK’s Coastal Zone By 2015

To see that all UK coastal bathing waters meet the new EU ‘Excellent Water Quality’ standard for cleanliness in order to protect public health
To achieve a significant reduction in the number of sewage pollution incidents caused by water companies
To develop a sustainable sewage strategy for a changing climate
To have implemented a national marine litter strategy that will protect the UK’s coast from a rising tide of waste
To ensure that the value of the coastal zone for recreation is not diminished by over zealous developments and that access to the UK’s coast is extended for all to enjoy

SAS Campaign Director Andy Cummins says: “Waveriders and water users are passionate and protective about their coastal communities. With the coast being so important to so many in the UK we believe clean seas and coastal protection could be an important election issue and one that, incredibly, is being ignored so far.”

Iceland's volcano: when Nature commands Man

On Thursday a volcanic eruption in Iceland melted a glacier causing severe floods and spread ash across northern Europe bringing chaos to air travel.

About 800 people have been forced to evacuate their homes, and airports in 23 European countries have grounded more than 63,000 flights stranding thousands of travelers.

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