When: Thursday, September 18th
What time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am)
Where: Stockton College - Campus Center Theater
Why: Come and learn about COA's new municipal Blue Star Program that is in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey's Certification Program. Hear from experts throughout the state and country highlighting actions towns can take to reduce stormwater pollution and improve water quality. Hear municipal leaders and experts from across the state discuss challenges and solutions to local water quality issues. Join us for an innovative canine pollution source tracking demonstration.
On August 8, Clean Ocean Action learned that the participants in the Rutgers-led seismic survey off the Jersey shore, set to occur this July and August, had decided to postpone the survey until the summer of 2015. Due to equipment malfunctions on their vessel, the Marcus G. Langseth, the researchers were unable to obtain the 30 days of data needed before the expiration of their federal authorization on August 17.
Upon hearing the news, COA Executive Director Cindy Zipf said, "It is a victory for marine life this summer, and for the state of New Jersey and thousands of citizens that have rallied to their defense. The coastal economy won't be a victim of Rutgers' seismic blasting off our coast...this year. However, we are stunned that the National Science Foundation, Rutgers and others are going to try again next year given the many members of Congress, the State of NJ, NJ State legislators, fishing, diving, tourism, and ocean advocacy organizations, and nearly 20,000 petition signers have opposed the project."
"They blind-sided us last time, but now time is on our side and we will demand that the permitting process have robust congressional and state oversight and ample time for public review. We, the people, will be prepared and organized to advocate on behalf of New Jersey marine life to stop this dangerous experiment."
Update July 25: More Seismic Ocean Blasting to Come This August and September, and Again Next Year
If Authorized, Takes of 19,497 Marine Mammals by Harassment Expected
“New Jersey’s marine life, fisheries and coastal economy can’t get a break,” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO) of Columbia University, and the National Science Foundation propose to conduct a 2-D seismic vessel survey in the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard between August and September 2014 and April and August 2015 to identify the outer limits of the United States continental shelf and study potential tsunami-related hazards. The project includes the use of an array of 36 airguns. The airguns will blast the ocean at 236-265 decibels every 20 to 24 seconds, 24 hours a day for at least 17 days each year of the survey.
Update July 18: Obama Administration’s Final Decision Declares Open Season on the Atlantic by Big Oil
Coalition Responds to Administration’s Hypocritical Ocean Policy--- Adds Insult to Injury off Jersey Shore
Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced its issuance of the Record of Decision for environmental review of geological and geophysical survey activities associated with oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast, which has been under a drilling moratorium for decades.
Upon hearing of this development, Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action, stated, “The Obama Administration has officially declared open season on the Atlantic for Big Oil to exploit and threaten our coasts. This is clearly hypocritical; President Obama just declared June as ‘National Oceans Month,’ calling upon us to be good ocean stewards. Which side of the ocean is he on?”
Read COA’s Press Release on the Obama Administration's Record of Decision.
The purpose of the Rutgers led study is to generate 3-D images of 30-60 million year old sea floor sediments to gauge climate change. As core samples have already been taken in the same area, the value of the study is questionable against the impending environmental and economic impacts. Further, New Jersey understands sea level rise — Superstorm Sandy left no doubt.
Review Rutgers University's prepared summary of the study which misrepresents the timing's impacts to marine life and The National Science Foundation's award abstract that clearly states the study's results could have relevance to the fossil fuel industry.
Click here for links to some news accounts about the Rutgers ocean blasting.
UPDATE 12/5/13: The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed offshore facility Port Ambrose. The resolution was introduced by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) along with an identical resolution in the Assembly (AR205) introduced by Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-30) and is co-sponsored by Asw. Diane Gove (R-9), Asm. Brian Rumpf (R-9), and Asm. Ruben Ramos (D-33). The resolutions are supported by 25 organizations in New Jersey who signed on to a letter urging the legislature to adopt the resolution.
UPDATE 11/1/13: The US Coast Guard announced a 90-day hold on processing the proposed Liberty LNG Port Ambrose offshore deepwater liquefied natural gas facility due to a lack of critical important information, several major application deficiencies, and many unaddressed federal requirements. Read more here!
Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo can still veto this project. Call and tell our elected officials that you are against the Port Ambrose LNG project.
You can reach Governor Christie at (609) 292-6000 and Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390.