Monday Deadline for Public Comments on Expanded Drilling Proposal

This blog was written by Jennifer Rennicks, former Senior Director of Policy & Communications at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

Guest Blog | May 14, 2010 | Energy Policy, Offshore Drilling

When the Obama Administration announced plans to expand offshore drilling to the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast on March 31, 2010, the Minerals Management Service (a division of the Department of Interior) began conducting a series of public scoping meetings.

If you weren’t able to make it to one of the seven public scoping meetings in the Southeast, you still have the opportunity to submit your comments about offshore drilling and other offshore energy activities for consideration under the proposed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by Monday, May 17, 2010.

You don’t have to be a professional advocate or an attorney to weigh in on this scoping process: if you are a citizen and you have an opinion about offshore drilling, now is your chance to get on the record.  If the ongoing disaster in the Gulf leaves you speechless, you can draw some inspiration from a letter from Sen. Nelson (D-FL) to President Obama, well-written opinion-editorial pieces by advocates and coastal lawmakers, and photographs that are circulating on the front pages of major newspapers since April 20, 2010.

To submit comments electronically, send an email to the MMS e-mail address: [email protected].

You can also submit written comments by mailing an envelope labeled

“Comments on the PEIS Scope”

c/o the Regional Supervisor, Leasing and Environment (MS 5410)

Minerals Management Service

Gulf of Mexico OCS Region

1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard

New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394

For further information regarding the Atlantic OCS G&G PEIS process, please visit their Web site. Click here for more details on the agency’s proposal.

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