The Trump Administration has announced plans to open up the Atlantic Ocean, including the Maine coast, to oil and gas drilling. This would devastate Maine’s coastlines, fisheries, and coastal communities. We need to protect our oceans from oil drilling – Mainers have too much to lose and nothing to gain from a plan that would expose our shores to oil spills and lock in decades more oil dependence and carbon pollution. Thanks to all who joined us at the public event on this proposal at the Augusta Civic Center.
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Venue: Augusta Civic Center
Address: 76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
The event was set up "science fair" style, where attendees learned from various booths provided by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and submitted public comments on computers provided. This format was used to put a damper on public opposition.
NRCM held a press conference beginning at 2:00 p.m. The public hearing began at 3:00 p.m.
In order to ensure our voices were heard, NRCM also had the Aroostook Room reserved in the Civic Center throughout the hearing to provide a display, fact sheets, and opportunity to give testimony on this dangerous plan.