Town of Ocean City votes No On Seismic Testing
Last night I attended the town of Ocean City Maryland’s town council meeting. In attendance was the Assateague Coastal Trust, Surfrider Foundation Maryland Chapter and the Delaware Chapter, the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen Association, and Oceana. The room was full of many OCMD town citizens but for the most part the people concerned with seismic testing and offshore drilling in the Atlantic dominated the audience. We waited patiently till the end of the meeting when the vote for the resolution was brought to the table. I am happy to report the Ocean City town council voted unanimously against seismic testing and offshore drilling. Now they will send their concerns to the state legislators to urge them to do the same. We need the Delaware Beach towns to get on board with this issue. Seismic testing will hurt marine life, that has been admitted by the very people that conduct the tests. These will be conducted as close as twenty miles of the coast line. A short blast of air is used in the beginning to scare away wildlife, that means it will scare away fish. Apparently the amount of oil that can be extracted from the Atlantic is around 6 billion barrels, that is the same amount the US consumes in one year. Doesn’t seem very feasible to even bother drilling for only a years supply of a nonrenewable energy source. People are working on getting the Delaware Beach towns involved in this issue and will keep you posted. In the mean time please let your state reps and legislators know you do not want seismic testing or oil drilling off our coast.