Sunday 19 May 2019

Assateague Coastkeeper: 'Float for the Coast' Celebrates Victory Against Big Oil

Float for the Coast celebrates Delmarva’s fight against Big Oil


Participants from Virginia, Maryland and Delaware gathered in Dewey Beach Sept. 24 for the second annual Float for the Coast, a rally organized by the Assateague Coastkeeper and Assateague Coastal Trust to protest seismic airgun blasting off the Mid-Atlantic coast. This year, the conservation group Oceana, several local chambers of commerce, and other coastal-based nonprofits and businesses supported the event, which included a kayak paddle, on-the-water rally, formal press conference and reception sponsored by Dewey Beer Company.

Kathy Phillips, Assateague Coastkeeper and executive director of the Assateague Coastal Trust, kicked off the press conference. "Over the past year, stakeholders from all corners of the Mid-Atlantic have been working tirelessly to fight Big Oil's grab for the Atlantic. From chambers of commerce, to local fishermen, to ocean protectors and educators, across our states from border to border - despite political differences and in spite of the well-funded efforts of the oil and gas industry to defeat us - we secured a victory," she began. "In March of this year, the federal government listened to our concerns and recognized that our Atlantic is too valuable, too special, and too vulnerable to drill. In a bold move, they cancelled the entire Atlantic lease sale and protected our ocean and coastal communities from offshore drilling for years to come, and the reason they did that is your advocacy."

Published in Cape Gazette on September 30, 2016 by Steven Billups