The Anti-Offshore Oil Coalition, including American Littoral Society, will be holding a rally and people's hearing to address the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposal of opening up the Coast of New Jersey and Delaware Bay to offshore drilling.
In early January, the federal government unveiled a proposal which could expose the entire U.S. coast to economic and environmental catastrophe by permitting drilling in almost all U.S. continental shelf waters, including protected areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic. Under this proposal, coasts are threatened by rigs within 3 miles of beaches.
As part of the plan, BOEM is holding public meetings across the United States, including February 14th in Hamilton, NJ, but these meetings will not allow for spoken public testimony. However, your voice will still be heard through a Citizen Public Hearing hosted by the Anti-Offshore Oil Coalition, adjacent to BOEM's Public Meeting. Your words and those of many others will then be sent to BOEM as official public comments. The rally will take place at 2:30 p.m., and the citizen's hearing will begin at 3 p.m. and go until 7 p.m.