• Calls to Action

    Bi-Partisan NJ Elected Leaders, Hundreds of Concerned Citizens Condemn Trump’s Drilling Plan

    Jersey Shore Partnership : February 27, 2018 8:54 pm : Calls to Action


    United Voices Declare, “Not in Our Ocean, Not on Our Watch”

    On January 4th, 2018, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke announced the next phase of President Trump’s new 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The plan includes opening the entire Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Florida for drilling including all of the Jersey Shore and NY’s South Shore and would allow rigs to come within 3 miles of beaches.

    Offshore oil and gas development causes substantial environmental impacts that would threaten New Jersey’s marine life, our ocean and beaches. Drilling anywhere in the Atlantic makes the region vulnerable to spills and risks causing significant damage to our Jersey Shore beaches and related revenue losses from New Jersey’s $22 billion tourism economy.

    Voice your opposition NOW


    Comments can be submitted electronically to   https://www.regulations.gov/docketBrowser?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb =commentDueDate&po=0&D=BOEM-2017-0074

    Alternatively, you can type https://www.regulations.gov and use the search tab to type in the BOEM reference (BOEM-2017-0074-0001)

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    THIS SAYS IT ALL – From Representative Rutherford of Florida, Regarding Beach Renourishment

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 7, 2017 10:01 pm : Calls to Action, News


    To inspire you, here’s what Rep. Rutherford (R-FL4 – Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Beach) said at a Congressional Transportation and Infrastructure hearing last week:

    “For coastal communities like mine, beaches, sand dunes and other shoreline infrastructure provide the first line of defense against storm surge.  New Jersey saw it 5 years ago with Superstorm Sandy, and Florida saw it last year with Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, and again, this September, with Hurricane Irma. Shore protection is very personal to coastal districts, like mine.  However, shore protection projects should be important to more than just coastal communities.

    Fifty percent of the U.S. population lives within one hour of a seashore.  Beaches help generate $225 billion for the national economy and contribute $25 billion in federal tax revenue.  They also contribute a $26 billion trade surplus in tourism.  Not to mention that when local, state and federal agencies invest in shore protection projects before a storm, less funding is needed for rebuilding roads, utilities, businesses and homes after a storm hits. When we look back at Hurricane Matthew last October, studies show that beach renourishment saved billions of dollars in infrastructure damages.  This is a matter of safety, but it is also a matter of fiscal common sense.”

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    US Department of Interior Plans to Resume Seismic Testing Offshore

    Jersey Shore Partnership : September 6, 2017 3:43 pm : Calls to Action

    The U.S. Interior Department plans to resume seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean, a step that could eventually lead to allowing oil drilling there. The Partnership, along with our Congressional representatives and tourism organizations along the coast denounce this plan as harmful to the health and safety of our coastal communities and a serious risk to our $20 billion tourism economy.

    The Partnership Executive Director participated in a press conference on Monday, June 19 in Avalon

    New Jersey to protest the federal plan. The Partnership’s statement is below.



    JUNE 19, 2017

    The Jersey Shore Partnership mission is to protect and preserve our coastline. We stand with the Cape May Chamber and other tourism organizations here today in denouncing the proposed seismic testing and offshore drilling on our Atlantic coast that threaten the health and safety of our coastal communities and the economies of the Atlantic coastal region, that in New Jersey represents $20 billion annually.

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    A Letter to Congress Opposing Offshore Drilling

    Jersey Shore Partnership : March 2, 2016 4:42 pm : Calls to Action, News

    I am writing to you on behalf of the Jersey Shore Partnership to express opposition to the United States Department of the Interior’s new offshore energy plan under consideration. This plan would open up part of the Atlantic basin to leasing starting in 2021.

    In recent years, Congress has proposed legislation that would allow the states to each decide whether to allow drilling for oil off their coasts. The people of New Jersey have clearly spoken on this subject, stating that not one oil rig be erected off the picturesque shores of New Jersey.

    Over 1,200 miles to our south, Louisiana is familiar with the consequences of offshore oil drilling. In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Louisiana barrier islands and its gulf coast neighbors. Over 210 million gallons of crude oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico that summer. The state would go on to lose $23 billion dollars in tourism revenue over the next three years.

    This is not the future we envision for New Jersey. A BP-type oil spill off the coast of Virginia is an unacceptable risk that threatens our tourism economy, fishing industry, business opportunities, job creation, and quality of life. And, as important, an oil spill in the Atlantic would be a devastating environmental setback for the coastal waters and aqua culture all along the Atlantic seaboard. In contrast, off shore drilling offers no benefits to the State of New Jersey.

    As representatives of New Jersey’s advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and protecting our coastline, we call on you to extend the ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.


    Margot Walsh

    A copy of the original letter can be found here.

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    Jersey Shore Partnership : January 8, 2015 3:41 pm : Calls to Action, News

    My name is Margot Walsh. I represent the Jersey Shore Partnership, an advocacy organization for beach protection along the 137 mile New Jersey coast. We are responding to the application by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC (“Liberty”) to build a proposed liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) deep water port facility, called Port Ambrose, 38 miles off the Jersey coast, east of Monmouth Beach.

    The construction and operation of Port Ambrose would have a strongly negative ecological impact on its surroundings, discharge millions of gallons of chemically treated seawater, and require the dredging of miles of sea floor. In addition, we must consider the potential havoc wrought to New Jersey’s coastline if an extreme weather event, such as another Hurricane Sandy, were to damage a vulnerable offshore facility of this type.

    Our coastline has already experienced a natural disaster brought on by Sandy. We have yet to recover economically and emotionally and are still taking stock of what’s needed to rebuild. To now approve a mega project in a heavily industrialized and populated coastal area that borders New Jersey’s coast is asking for disaster.

    We have learned never to say “if” – it is now “when.” The LNG project brings risks for New Jersey and New York. An accident at Port Ambrose will immediately impact New Jersey’s coastline, disrupting shore tourism, recreation, boating, commercial and recreational fisheries – all economic engines for the state and major quality of life issues.

    New Jersey is not ready or willing to risk destruction of our coastline again through a mega project that we will have no control over, no financial benefit, and no benefits to our environmental landscape.

    The project benefits Port Ambrose – not New Jersey. We, therefore, stand with Clean Ocean Action and many other concerned citizens in opposing the proposed Port Ambrose project.

    Margot Walsh
    Executive Director
    Jersey Shore Partnership
    732-212-4145 (O)
    732-718-6274 (C)



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