Working in the environmental field, it’s not every day that we have something to celebrate, but this past March gave us something to truly take the time to appreciate.
When the Obama Administration unveiled plans in early 2015 that would have allowed offshore drilling off our coast, Assateague Coastal Trust knew we had to do everything in our power to stop these plans from moving forward. We worked closely with citizens, civic groups, national leaders, and numerous municipalities in the Delmarva Region to ensure our voice was heard in Washington.
Our coalition came together to pass 11 resolutions opposing offshore drilling in towns stretching from Lewes, Del. to Northampton County, Va. Letters expressing opposition to the plan were also submitted by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association, the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, the founder of the White Marlin Open and numerous local citizens. In fact, Assateague Coastal Trust’s website generated the 12th most referrals to the online federal public comment page of any other website in the world.
Delmarva made sure that its voice was heard in DC and recognition of that effort was delivered in March of this year when the Obama administration decided to rescind its plans for offshore drilling in the Atlantic, at least for the next five years, citing overwhelming grassroots opposition as one of its deciding factors. As is the case with most environmental victories though, we must not let our guard down and work still remains to be done to ensure the protection of our coast.