One of the newest Riverkeepers in America's oldest city! Building on decades of community effort, Matanzas Riverkeeper fights to protect and defend the remarkable Matanzas River Watershed. We're a proud member of the Waterkeeper Alliance.
We gathered February 19th in the cold outside the Hyatt Riverfront to say NO to expanded oil and gas drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a public meeting inside to accept comments on their proposal to expanded oil and gas drilling to much of the Atlantic coast.
Basically, oil and gas Reps are holding a fancy press event to say how safe and profitable oil and gas will be for Florida.
Among the other PUBLIC who showed up... a group of Oil and Gas Industry lackeys gathered to complain about the omission of Florida from a proposed federal plan to conduct offshore oil and natural gas exploration between 2017 and 2022. The groups called for federal leaders to INCLUDE Florida in the proposed leasing plan.
These people WANT OIL AND GAS DRILLING AND SESIMIC BLASTING TO OCCUR OFF NORTHEAST FLORIDA'S COAST!! Don't believe the lies. Say NO to expanded oil and gas drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic coast.
A lot of folks turned out to hear this important message about developing a 'sense of place'. "The universal message, that blue or water has many forms...and to be aware of that, we should take a close look at the health of this great resource"
If you missed his talk, or want to hear more, you can watch this interview with Florida's environmental writer and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville by Jorge Rivera.
Call your Senator NOW to STOP New Offshore Drilling
The U.S. Senate could seal the fate of our oceans and coasts any minute now. Don't let your senators vote before you have your say!
Senators Tillis and Burr, both from North Carolina, have offered an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S.1) that would expand oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast, from Delaware to Florida. This new drilling could prove a massive threat to our oceans, coasts and marine wildlife.
Find the phone number of your Senator’s office and talking points provided by Oceana. CALL ! and PLEASE share!
Matanzas River is an environmental jewel worth protecting
"Armingeon calls the Matanzas “the last, best river in Florida.” That’s a statement he can back up when challenged.
The river’s water is clean enough that harvesting oysters and clams is allowed. The reason for the good water quality is that much of the river’s 186-square-mile watershed is undeveloped, and one-third of that is in public ownership, which will provide additional protection in the years to come.
Add to the river’s water quality the fact that the tributaries flowing into it — Pellicer, Moses and Stiles creeks — are a paddler’s paradise." Source: FL Times Union, November 10, 2014 Read a reprint of the full article here
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