Oppose Offshore Drilling Letter to Rep Andy Harris
Your elected officials need to hear from their voters, make your opposition to seismic testing and offshore drilling in our coastal waters known! Please use the below letter as a guide for yours. Share with other concerned citizens, officials and business leaders. ACT SOON! This bill will come up for a vote quickly, do not hesitate.
While Rep Andy Harris is the main official we need to consider this vote to oppose the proposed drilling and testing, others need to hear from you as well. Please send your letter to the following:
Here are the contacts to CC on letter to Andy Harris and his staff:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
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Policy Director: Dick Meltzer
Senior Policy Advisor: Kenneth DeGraff
Legislative Assistant: Sarah Jackson
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Policy Director: Tom Mahr
Senior Policy Advisor: Trent Bauserman
House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) & House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Committee Chair Betty McCollum (D-MN)
Staff Director/Clerk: Rita Culp
Professional Staff Member: Peter Kiefhaber
Lowey (Personal Staff)
Energy and Environment LA: Shira Siegel
McCollum (Personal Staff)
Energy LA: Libby Foley
Environment LA: Rebecca Taylor
House Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Staff Director: Don Sisson
McGovern (Personal Staff)
Energy & Environment LA: John Swords
Rep. Andy Harris
2334 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Rep. Harris:
On behalf of my business (s), we/I are/am writing to ask that you vote YES on amendments to block expanded offshore drilling activities through the Interior-Environment annual funding bill (H.R. 3052). We strongly support a moratorium on new offshore drilling. As the House considers the FY 2020 Interior- Environment funding bill, we urge you to support all efforts to block expanded offshore drilling through the amendment process.
Healthy beaches and oil-free coastlines mean growth for our businesses and a sustained livelihood for our employees and customers.
Despite encouraging news that plans to drill off our coast may have been delayed, President Trump’s proposal to open over 90 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf to drilling still stands and could resume at any time. Congressional action is needed, and we are counting on your support to block expanded offshore drilling.
As you know, there is a long-standing congressional precedent for protecting our coasts from offshore drilling through the Interior-Environment annual funding bill. Beginning in 1982, Congress, for almost 30 years, restricted spending on Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing and drilling activities through moratoria renewed annually in the department’s funding bill. We understand that amendments could be voted on very soon and we respectfully urge your strong support of efforts to protect our coast via the amendment process.
Offshore drilling poses a direct threat to Maryland and the entire Atlantic, which is why every East and West Coast governor is in opposition, and in Maryland alone, more than 9 municipalities passed resolutions against offshore drilling, including Worcester County, Crisfield, and Ocean City. Maryland’s clean coast economy supports more than 96,000 jobs and generates nearly $6 billion in GDP.
Opening the Atlantic to offshore drilling is an unwise decision that will permanently impact our economies, drive out business and change our way of life. Maryland is counting on you to support a moratorium that would protect our clean coast economy.
This bipartisan approach is our best chance to protect our coast from offshore drilling this year. Please support all efforts to reinstate a moratorium by voting YES on amendments to block expanded offshore drilling activities through the Interior-Environment annual funding bill (H.R. 3052).
[Your Name, Business name contact info]