• Calls to Action

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Margot Walsh

    A copy of the original letter can be found here.

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    COMMENTS ON LIBERTY NATURAL GAS APPLICATION FOR A LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS FACILITY

    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)

    mwalshjspf@gmail.com

    jerseyshorepartnership.com

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    Be A Voice For Healthy Beaches

    Jersey Shore Partnership : October 23, 2013 11:31 am : Calls to Action

    Join the Partnership and do your part in protecting our coastline.  As a gift to our members, you will receive a stunning hot color tote bag!  You also will receive periodic newsletters, invitations to events, and breaking news on legislative and funding issues related to our beaches. Join online or send a check to: Jersey Shore Partnership, One River Centre, Bldg. #3,331 Newman Springs Rd., Red Bank, NJ 07701.

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