Did you hear about the White House's five-year plan to expand drilling near America's beaches and coasts? Under the plan, millions of acres of offshore waters and sensitive ecosystems would be open to new drilling, including in the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, which had been off-limits under the previous plan finalized just last year. This proposal will put countless birds at risk.
This will impact Connecticut and beyond. Here's your chance to learn more and let your voice be heard. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding a series of public meetings regarding the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (OCS) https://www.boem.gov/National-Program-Participate/. Join Audubon at the meeting in Hartford, Connecticut on February 13, 2018.
The meeting will be using an open-house format, so participants can arrive anytime during the scheduled meeting time. Participants can ask questions, share information, talk with team members one-on-one, and learn more about the National OCS Program. Participants are also encouraged to submit written comments to inform BOEM of specific issues, impacting factors, environmental resources, alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigation measures to consider in its analyses.
For those unable to attend the meetings in this series, BOEM will be offering a Virtual Meeting Room where participants can visit the same stations available at the open-house meetings. There they will be able to review and download the same handouts and posters offered at the meetings.
The five-year proposal is subject to a 60-day public comment period. Select here to submit a comment.