|Earlier this year the Trump Administration declared that it wants to make every inch of the Atlantic Coast from Key West to the Canadian border available for offshore drilling. Since the United States is already energy independent the goal, according to the Administration, is to create energy dominance so that the United States can supply oil to friendly countries.
To achieve that geo-political goal, the Administration is willing to sacrifice our vibrant coastal tourism, commercial fishing and recreation economies.
Are you ready to fight to protect our local economies from offshore drilling, oil leaks and spills? Let’s fight to protect our fragile eco-system for generations to come.
The release of the five-year oil lease plan has started a 60-day comment period which will end on March 8, 2018.
It is important that you do two things to stop this attack on the Atlantic Coast and our local economies.
FIRST: Submit comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) either online or by mail.
Directions for filing a comment online can be found here:
You can mail your comments to:
Ms. Kelly Hammerle, National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program Manager, BOEM (VAM-LD), 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166-9216
BOEM suggests that comments:
- – Be fact-based
- PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR TALKING POINTS AND FACTS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR MESSAGE https://www.outerbankschamber.com/offshoredrilling
- – Include links to data or research
- – Provide specifics regarding impacts to the ocean and coasts, the plants and animals, to people, and how people use the ocean and when and where the ocean is utilized.
SECOND: Attend the meeting hosted by BOEM; the one for North Carolina is scheduled for February 26th in Raleigh at the Hilton North Raleigh Downtown, 3415 Wake Forest Drive. There is a plan for buses to take people to this meeting. For info on the buses please follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/386612448466773/
Be aware that this meeting will not allow for public testimony but rather is a time for individual conversations with BOEM staff. The Outer Banks Chamber along with our partners at BAPAC (Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast) are petitioning BOEM to allow for public town-hall style meetings in each state.
We encourage you to share this information with your family and friends. We need to inundate BOEM with comments objecting to this attack on our coast, our economy and our way of life.