Monday, February 23, 2015

March For Ocean Justice Saturday March 7 in St. Augustine: Stopping the threat of seismic air gun blasting and offshore drilling off our Atlantic coast

The Northeast Florida Sierra Club Group will join others Saturday, March 7 in a March For Ocean Justice at 11:30 a.m. in St. Augustine. Have your signs and banners ready! The event includes a march from the east side of the Bridge of Lions to the press conference location in the front of the City of St. Augustine City Hall, 75 King Street, 32084.

The Environmental Youth Council, Mayor Nancy Shaver and the City of St. Augustine have invited U. S. Senator Bill Nelson, 30+ elected officials and other municipalities, environmental and citizen groups, commercial fishermen, and others to a "March for Ocean Justice and Press Conference", on Saturday, March 7 at noon, in downtown St. Augustine

The event will raise awareness of the opposition to plans for seismic testing and drilling in waters off the coast of Florida and other states (GA, SC, NC, etc.) , and to consolidate and motivate that opposition. We will be taking to the streets to urge the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and President Obama to reverse the decision to open the Atlantic Basin to seismic testing using sonic cannons, the first step toward offshore dirty fuel development. Learn more about the Obama decision to move forward with seismic testing.

The city of Neptune Beach has passed a resolution opposing air gun blasting and offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Thanks to Mayor Harriett Pruett for her leadership on this issue. 

Location: Meet on the east side of the Bridge of Lions at the small park at 11:30 a.m.

Event schedule:
11:30 - rally attendees meet at the east side of the Bridge of Lions
12:00 - rally attendees march from Bridge of Lions to City Hall
12:30 - Press conference begins at city hall
1:00 - Press interviews with elected officials and environmental leaders

For more info on the event, contact Brian Paradise of the NE FL Sierra Club Group at bgpardaise@comcast.net, and Check out the Facebook event, join and invite your friends.


Learn more about the threat of seismic testing to marine mammals.