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Advocates laud halt of LNG proposal; ASIG suspends project due to Gulf oil spill fallout
Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, which led opposition to the project it labeled “Insanity Island,” said last week that she thinks public opinion played a large role in the company’s decision.
“I think it was that they were reading the public sentiment and that we have a governor who holds a veto pen and says he doesn’t support LNG; those are not very hard signs to read.
“I can’t see many of the factors that they used wisely to make their decision to withdraw their application changing anytime soon. Public opinion is going to be in opposition because this project makes no public sense.”
Zipf and other local environmental groups, including Surfrider Foundation and the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, lauded the decision in a press release.
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.