Groups call on
Sandy Hook, NJ -- This Thursday, just over one year from the destruction of the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico by the BP Oil Disaster, Congress will begin voting on three pieces of legislation that, if passed, would open ocean areas to drilling within 75 miles of New Jersey’s coast, allow indiscriminate drilling policies, and weaken rules for drilling activities. Individually and collectively, the bills threaten the region’s maritime heritage, coastal economy and way of life. The first of the votes is scheduled to take place this Thursday, May 5, 2011.
“These bills are a nightmare for the ocean allowing the mistakes of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to be brought to the doorsteps of our shorelines,” said
Clean Ocean Action (COA) is urging the Congressional delegations of
• H.R. 1229: “Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act,” (a.k.a. “No Legal Review or Oversight of Big Oil Act”) a piece of legislation that imposes rushed, arbitrary permitting deadlines and would prevent enforcement of key public-interest and environmental laws by putting up roadblocks to judicial review of agency decisions.
• H.R. 1230: “Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act,” (a.k.a. “Mandate Drilling Off Virginia’s Coast, Immediately, No Matter What Act”) a bill that specifically targets several areas, including “Sale 220” (an area within 75 miles of the New Jersey Shore), for immediate drilling approval, with no environmental review or public input, while also mandating the use of out-dated environmental and resource reports generated pre-Deepwater Horizon.
• H.R. 1231: “Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act,” (a.k.a. “Lease At Least Half Of All Our Oceans and Put All Of The Atlantic On the Table Act”) a bill that uses agency reports generated under the last administration (that have since been proven to be inaccurate and out-of-date estimates of the recoverability of oil and gas in the Atlantic) to open the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration and production activities.
“This trio of bills guts environmental, administrative, and judicial review of offshore drilling, requires drilling to commence off the
“We must not allow Congress to enable the BP Oil Disaster in the
“We encourage citizens to join the efforts of Clean Ocean Action by calling their representatives and asking them to vote “NO” on these three bills,”