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Public Comment: No Oil in Our Marine Sanctuaries!
February 8, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - April 23, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Join Shark Stewards, The International Marine Mammal Project and Earth Island Institute in public support for coastal marine protection and stop the proposed opening of our offshore waters to oil exploration and production.
In February 2018 Shark Stewards and The Marine Mammal Project joined a public demonstration and hearing to urge the BOEM and all reviewing agencies to halt any proposed offshore oil exploration or extraction off the Pacific coastline. This farce of a public hearing did not have any representatives from BOEM, but just had a room full of computer terminals for the public to add comments. The comment period was only 30 days, the minimum required by law.
Now the Trump Administration is attempting to strip State’s rights in the guise of “fast tracking and streamlining” the Coastal Zone Management Act.
In a notice published earlier this month, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asked the public to weigh in on ways to “streamline” a state review process granted under the Coastal Zone Management Act. The 1972 law is widely considered one of the most powerful tools states have to regulate activity off their coasts. It applies to all of the coastal and Great Lakes states, with the exception of Alaska… The goal, officials wrote, is to provide “greater efficiency and predictability” for oil and gas projects — language often used to justify deregulation. The oil industry cheered the administration’s move.
California’s precious coastal environment and National Marine Sanctuaries support important marine wildlife and provides huge economic benefits that will be imperiled by oil spills.
Provide a comment to the BOEM and the Department of the Interior to stop increased offshore oil exploration or production, or any decrease in the protective status in our National Marine Sanctuaries.
Join us February 8th at the North Steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento to tell the administration that damaging oil exploration methods and offshore drilling is not welcome off our coast.
1:30 pm for a press conference and at the North Steps of the California State Capitol (1100 L St. Sacramento, CA 95814).
At 2:30 pm we will march to the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria (828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814) for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) meeting.
At 3:00 pm we’ll enter the meeting and let BOEM know that new drilling is not welcome off our coast or in any of our oceans.