Update: Extraordinary Victory for the ocean! Governor Christie Rejects Dirty Fossil Fuels in the Ocean
Earth Day 2010 marked a new day for the ocean. NJ Governor Christie came to the Jersey Shore, joined by former NJ Governor Tom Kean, and announced his steadfast opposition to any Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities and any Offshore Drilling that could adversely affect New Jersey waters. The crowd of 150 ocean friends was jubilant. Governor Tom Kean was governor during the devastating summers of 1987 and 1988 when medical waste, dolphins, and raw sewage washed ashore. Governor Kean launched the first wave of ocean protection and over the years, with grit and determination, ocean water quality became cleaner, ocean dumping ended, and the ocean’s health vastly improved.
Today there is a new assault of dirty fossil fuel industries lurking off our shores. Governor Christies’ bold and crystal clear promise at the press conference rejects this new industrial assault: “The future of our shore, the future of our children to enjoy our beaches in the same way that I got to enjoy them, is more important than any project regarding liquefied natural gas…that’s why I’m confident in announcing that decision today on Earth Day and it is a decision that I will stand by every day that I am Governor of the State of New Jersey.”
Governor Christie’s declaration was an act of swift, firm, and outstanding leadership. He kept his campaign promises on these issues within his first 100 days. Truly a remarkable victory for the ocean thanks to Governor Christie.
Above is a statement of Cindy Zipf Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action
Governor holds firm on opposition to offshore drilling
Press of Atlantic City
By BEN LEACH, Staff Writer, 609-272-7261
Published: Monday, April 06, 2009
When it comes to exploring the Outer Continental Shelf, New Jersey continues to say no to the prospect of drilling for oil. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was in Atlantic City on Monday to hold the first of four national forums on potential energy
resources, both alternative and conventional, derived from the Outer Continental Shelf, to determine what issues the Obama administration needs to focus on before developing a comprehensive five-year energy plan for the country. The Outer Continental Shelf extends from three miles off the coast to about 200 miles from the coast. States have jurisdiction over development within three miles off the coast.
Salazar said if offshore wind farms were fully developed across states bordering the Atlantic Ocean, together they could generate enough electricity to replace as many as 3,000 mid-sized coal-fueled plants.
Although the forum did not draw a full-fledged protest rally, John Weber, east coast regional manager for the Surfrider Foundation, organized a silent demonstration in which people held up dollar bills any time a speaker talked about the need for offshore oil drilling. Weber presented the names of more than 21,000 people who had joined a group on Facebook protesting offshore oil drilling. “The offshore drilling moratorium must be put back in place,” Weber said. “More drilling is not the answer.”
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The Jersey Shore Chapter has started a Ocean Illness campaign to document cases where local surfers and swimmers have become ill after surfing or swimming in the ocean. We are collecting data on any and all cases of people getting sick from the ocean. If you believe dirty water made you sick, please fill out our NJ Ocean Illness Form. We will use this information to make our state and local officials aware of this issue and work towards a solution. By sharing this information on you’ll be helping our Chapter take the first step in this important campaign.
NY Times – Gains, and Losses, Along the Shore
By COLEEN DEE BERRY
Published: March 6, 2009
A FEW days after the Army Corps of Engineers finished its beach replenishment project last month along the shore here, Andrew Mencinsky put on his wet suit and went surfing.
Mr. Mencinsky, the executive director of Surfers’ Environmental Alliance, was braced for bad news. Beach replenishment projects on the Jersey Shore in the past have destroyed good surfing conditions, in the opinion of many local surfers, because the newly added sand has altered the way the waves hit the beach. But this latest replenishment project, he said, left him “pleasantly surprised.”
This time, the Corps of Engineers had consulted with surfers and worked to repair erosion while maintaining a surfer-friendly beach. Though the $9.3 million project ultimately was less than advocates hoped for, Mr. Mencinsky said, “this project definitely represents a first step forward in changing how beach nourishment is done.”
“When they first did beach replenishment back in the 1990s, they destroyed every good surfing beach in northern Monmouth County for years,” said Rich Lee, a Long Branch resident and member of both the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance and the Surfrider Foundation, another surfing and environmental advocacy group. “This project’s far from perfect, but we got maybe 60 percent of what we wanted.”
Protecting our ocean from LNG!
Advocates: ‘We want to protect our ocean’ Pallone says LNG proposal is wrong energy policy
BY JAMIE ROMM Staff Writer – Independent – February 5, 2009
Ocean advocates used a public hearing on a proposal to build an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility to rally opposition to a project they have dubbed “Insanity Island.”
“Just remember, everyone, that the corporations whose projects, products and byproducts can result in permanent damage to ecosystems and health problems of thousands perhaps are portraying themselves as our friends who are lowering your rates for natural gas,” said Richard Lee, board director of the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance, Jersey Shore chapter.
“Well, those of us who take nonviolent actions to oppose these projects are known as ecoterrorists, but we are not. We want to protect our ocean; it’s not their ocean.”
Wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan “Stop the Insanity” and chanting “No LNG,” Lee and other environmentalists weighed in at a public hearing held by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) on Jan. 27, as the agencies began the scoping process for an environmental impact statement as part of the official review of Atlantic Sea Island Group’s (ASIG) proposal to build an LNG facility 19 miles off the coast of New Jersey.
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