Enough!: Clevelanders Protest Off-Shore Oil Drilling

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Hands Across the Sand launched a national movement on Saturday June 26th to protest off-shore oil drilling.

There has been oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico for 68 days now and in over 700 cities, people joined hands to draw a human line in the sand.

In Cleveland, nearly 100 people gathered at Edgewater Park's beach and joined hands for 15 minutes at Noon.

Residents from all over Northeast Ohio came out. Troy Gawlak of Canton, Ohio told 19 Action News "just the concept for drilling underwater, something that is a pollutant is ridiculous anyway....I think the whole nation's waking up to it."

Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry.

In Ohio, protestors gathered in Lorain, Cleveland, Mentor, Oregon, Columbus and Portsmouth.

The U.S. Department of Energy states 26 percent of U.S. oil production and 29 percent of gas production comes from offshore. Analysts believe that in just ten years, 40 percent of U.S. oil could come from offshore. The Gulf of Mexico alone holds about 70 billion barrels of oil.

The mission of Hands Across the Sand is to:

  • To organize a national movement to oppose offshore oil drilling and champion clean energy and renewables. These gatherings will bring thousands of American citizens to our beaches and cities and will draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against the threat oil drilling poses to America's coastal economies and marine environment.
  • To convince our State Legislators, Governors, Congress and President Obama to stop the expansion of offshore oil drilling and  to adopt policies encouraging clean and renewable energy sources.   America needs legislation that creates tax incentives and subsidies to encourage the growth of clean energy and renewable industries for America's future.
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