NRDC and Oceana Launch Joint Effort to Protect U.S. Coasts
from More Offshore Drilling
Donation from Actress Victoria Principal Funds Advocacy for
Protecting Against Future Spills
December 13, 2011
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Following the federal government's proposed expansion of
offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Arctic Ocean
last month, actress Victoria Principal has stepped forward
with extremely generous six-figure donations to both Oceana
and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to support
their joint efforts to prevent increased drilling off U.S.
coasts. This is the second gift Principal has given the
organizations to support their fight to protect our coasts
from offshore drilling and spills.
"Waiting until a disaster happens is waiting until it's too
late," said Principal. "The strategy and campaign must
begin now, in order to achieve success and prevent further
devastation from increased offshore drilling and by
imposing tougher standards and having improved safeguards
firmly in place. I hope others will join me at this crucial
juncture in the future of our oceans and our planet," she
Principal's contribution will support the organizations'
joint efforts to protect U.S. coasts from increased
offshore drilling and spills. This includes the ongoing
effort to prevent drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific
Coasts, as well as the campaign to require critical
scientific assessments and demonstrated oil spill response
capability in the Arctic before allowing additional
leasing. And it will help the organizations fight
Congressional action that might undercut these protections.
The gift follows significant contributions from Principal
last year to support the organizations' work in the wake of
the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The gifts
successfully brought these two organizations together to
harness their unified strength in the effort to enhance oil
spill prevention and clean-up preparation efforts in
Florida's coastal communities. This included enabling NRDC
and Oceana to place a state-of-the-art underwater robot off
Florida's Gulf Coast to detect any encroaching oil, in
order to rally defenses before it reached them. It also
helped Oceana launch its 2010 Gulf of Mexico Expedition,
which set out to assess the long-term impacts of the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill
"Americans watched in horror and disbelief as millions of
gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico during the BP
disaster nearly two years ago," said NRDC President Frances
Beinecke. "If we've learned anything from this tragedy,
it's that we must not allow it to happen again. Instead of
digging ourselves into a deeper hole, we need to focus on
shifting our country toward clean energy sources that
cannot spill, run out or destroy entire communities and
"With her second extraordinarily generous contribution to
Oceana and NRDC, Victoria has truly established herself as
a leading champion for the oceans. Her latest pledge allows
us to join forces once again to protect our precious
American coastlines from offshore drilling and it comes at
a pivotal time in our nation's history," said Oceana CEO
Andrew Sharpless. "In the wake of the disastrous Gulf oil
spill, and now on the heels of the Obama Administration's
5-year drilling plan, Victoria's contributions have been
instrumental in allowing us to continue this fight."
On November 8, the Obama Administration released a proposed
5-Year Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Program that included
expanded offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico and
America's Arctic Ocean. While the Atlantic and Pacific
Coasts remained protected, the oil industry and many
members of Congress are expected to increase pressure to
expand leasing areas in the final plan.
In 2006, Principal created a charitable Foundation that
supports and unites Environmental Groups in their efforts.
To date, she has given substantial amounts to support
research and to aid various organizations in their outreach
toward restoration and natural disaster victims.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national,
nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and
environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public
health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.3
million members and online activists, served from offices
in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San
Francisco and Beijing.
Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans.
Our team of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and
advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to
reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse
of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life.
Global in scope and dedicated to conservation, Oceana has
campaigners based in North America, Europe and South and
Central America. More than 500,000 members and e-activists
in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. For more
information, please visit .