[env-trinity] Salazar Hosted Offshore Oil Drilling Meetings SF included

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Tue Mar 31 16:23:01 PDT 2009


Thought many would be interested in attending one of these meetings.  San
Francisco meeting is a great opportunity to give the Interior Dept. your
input on oil and gas drilling off the California coast.  The below is from
the Earth Island Institute.

Mark Rockwell

Endangered Species Coalition

Conservation Chair, Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers


A Call for Ocean Voices:
Speak Out Now for Your Coast!

Your voice is urgently needed right now to prevent the sacrifice of your
favorite coastline to dangerous offshore oil drilling impacts. An upcoming
public hearing will determine what actions the Obama Administration will be
taking this fall with regard to allowing, for the first time, new offshore
oil and gas drilling in our most sensitive coastal waters, and for approval
of renewable energy industry proposals off of our coast.

After the recent lapse of twenty-seven years of bipartisan congressional and
presidential protection, the entire Atlantic shoreline and the coast of
California are now suddenly exposed to new offshore oil drilling proposals.
Interior Secretary Salazar has extended the comment period for these
controversial Bush offshore oil drilling plans and will be holding what he
calls "an open, honest conversation with the American people" during an
upcoming series of four public hearings to be conducted during the first two
weeks of April (see dates and locations at the end of this message). These
hearings will also focus on the rapid expansion of offshore renewable energy
proposals, such as offshore windfarms, wave energy arrays, and tidal energy
projects, now being proposed in coastal waters around the country.

To let the Interior Department know that you wish to testify at one of these
hearings, please reply directly via email to this address:
DOI_Events at ios.doi.gov
You can also sign in to testify upon arrival.

At each of these locations, doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and the meetings
will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a presentation by Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar..  The hearings will conclude by 8:00 p.m. each evening, with lunch
and dinner breaks tentatively scheduled from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. and
from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Monday, April 6 in Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic City Convention Center
One Convention Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ

Wednesday, April 8 in New Orleans, LA
Tulane University
McAlister Auditorium
McAlister Drive between Freret and Willow Streets
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Tuesday, April 14 in Anchorage, AK
Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center
600 W. Seventh Ave
Anchorage, AK

Thursday, April 16 in San Francisco, CA
Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF
Robertson Auditorium
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA
(a colorful "Ocean Voices" rally at noon will be held at this same location,
please join us for music and fun)

As you arrive for each hearing, you will be asked to submit a comment card.
In addition, all attendees at the site who wish to deliver comments orally
will be offered an opportunity to do so, time permitting.

Please refer to
http://www.mms.gov/5-year/ for final detailed schedule information for each

Drilling Targets or Beloved Beaches?

In California, the Mendocino and Humboldt coastlines, as well as Santa
Monica Bay, Malibu, the Palos Verdes Penninsula, the Orange County coast,
and nearshore La Jolla are the primary targets for offshore oil and gas
drilling, and several expansive wave energy array projects are also being
proposed on California's Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt coastlines and in
Oregon and Washington State.  On the Atlantic coast, the fishing grounds of
Georges Bank, the New Jersey shore, Virginia's coastal waters, North
Carolina's Outer Banks, and Georgia's Sea Island are the primary offshore
oil drilling targets.  In addition, a series of offshore wind energy
installations are being pursued at several locations along the Atlantic

Your message to the visiting officials from the Obama Administration might
request that no coastal waters previously set aside by the congressional or
presidential moratorium protections be opened for offshore drilling, and you
may also want to request that sound science to be applied to any decisions
about risky drilling plans for oil and gas offshore, and you can also
include a call for intelligent, safe, science-based siting of coastal wind,
wave, or tidal installations. And on a personal note, share with them what
the living ocean means to you..

Mark J. Palmer
Associate Director
International Marine Mammal Project
Director, Wildlife Alive
Earth Island Institute
300 Broadway, Suite 28
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 788-3666 x139
(530) 758-6022 (Davis Office)
(415) 788-7324 (Fax)
<mpalmer at cal.net>



Byron Leydecker, JcT

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 land

415 519 4810 cell

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