Clean Ocean Action

Ocean Defenders Unite!

Stop BOEM from Drilling in the Atlantic Ocean!

The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) recently released their 5 year oil and gas drilling plan. The plan includes opening the Atlantic Ocean, from Georgia to Virginia, for offshore oil and gas leasing starting in 2017. Adding insults to the sea, BOEM's authorization for ocean blasting activities for oil and gas exploration may start as early as this summer. 

Due to the Gulf Stream, a current that flows from the tip of Florida up the east coast, New Jersey's coast would be at great risk from any pollution or spills from offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Opening up this area to oil development and exploration could have devastating effects on beaches, marine life, tourism, fisheries, and coastal economies. Expanding offshore drilling will move America away from conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Instead America will be moving towards a potentially catastrophic spill and the acceleration of climate change. 

The deadline for commenting is March 30, 2015. To find out about ways to submit a comment, click here, or comment directly on the docket.



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Issue Alert: Save Our Shores from LNG

Waves of Thanks to All Those Who Submitted Comments Against Port Ambrose LNG

Opposition Overwhelms Process; Feds Delays Port Ambrose


Due to massive public opposition, questions regarding fiscal responsibility, air quality conformity issues, and pipeline depth deficiencies, the US Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), in a letter dated March 17th, has asked that the "clock be stopped," thus stalling the process on the Port Ambrose LNG facility application. 

Public response included 60,000 comments in opposition including detailed comments prepared by COA on behalf of 53 broad-based organizations from NY and NJ representing environmental, fishing, faith, green- energy, and business groups. 

Indeed, opposition keeps growing as do calls for Governors Cuomo and Christie to veto. In New York, 52 bi-partisan legislators have signed a letter against the proposed plan and urging a veto. In New Jersey, a resolution has been introduced in both the Senate (SR 21) and Assembly (AR17), against the Port Ambrose LNG facility, calling for a veto. 

Let's continue to work together to make sure we sink this proposal once and for all.


Seismic Testing Threatens NJ Marine Life in Summer of 2015

Rutgers University, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and the University of Texas, seek to conduct a seismic ocean blasting survey off the coast of New Jersey for 30 days between June and August 2015 to study changes in sea level from 6- million years ago to the present. If allowed to proceed, survey will use of four-air guns that will fire 246 decibels, every 5-6 seconds, 24 hours a day for 30 days in a small area off Long Beach Island, NJ.  The summer is the peak season for marine life off the Jersey shore including.  Most of the species of the region are breeding, spawning, or migrating.  The area is thriving with marine life.  

Seismic testing is of great concern for marine life, the following are recent comments, reports, and letters from top marine scientists and government agencies. 

  • NOAA Fisheries recently published a proposed Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) for the unintentional (i.e., incidental) taking of marine mammals. For information on submitting comments by the April 16th deadline, click here.
  • In a recent letter to the President, 75 top marine scientists oppose seismic testing in the Atlantic and address concerns for marine life. Read the letter here
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) also recognized the letter and the potential harms. See their press release here. 
  • The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) also find the proposed study inconsistent with NJ's Coastal Zone Management Rules. To review their comments, please visit this link
  • To view comments submitted by Clean Ocean Action, The Center for Biological Diversity, and 13 other organizations, please visit the comments here. 
  • For more information on seismic testing, please visit our Issues & Campaigns page.



Municipal Blue Star Program

Is your town Sustainable Jersey certified or interested in obtaining certification? Then the Municipal Blue Star program is for you! Learn about COA's new municipal Blue Star Program that is in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey's Certification Program. Our goal is to inspire towns to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification and reap its benefits, while at the same time focusing on watershed-wide water quality improvements.

For more information contact Catie Tobin via email or call 732-872-0111.


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