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Granite Staters Host Unofficial Hearing Against Offshore Drilling

Opponents urge protection of people, wildlife, communities, and businesses in Rye, NH

On Wednesday, February 21, the public is invited to attend and speak at an Unofficial Public Hearing about a recent federal proposal that would open up 90% of the nation’s coastline—including all of New Hampshire’s shores—to oil and gas drilling at the Rye Public Library 581 Washington Road in Rye, NH. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and attendance is free.

The proposal, issued by the Department of Interior earlier this month, threatens the fishing, tourism, and recreation economy worth millions. It has met with steep opposition from New Hampshire’s elected leaders, as well as Seacoast fishing businesses, homeowners, and tourism industries. The public meeting scheduled by the federal agency in Concord will not allow spoken public comment. Only information about their drilling plans will be available.

Sponsors include New Hampshire Sierra Club, Conservation Law Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, Surfrider, 350 New Hampshire, Natural Resource Defense Council, and Resolve Seacoast.

WHAT:  The Unofficial Public Hearing Opposing Offshore Drilling

A Public Hearing style meeting of the people concerned about the offshore drilling proposal by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the US Department of the Interior hosted by local community groups.
WHEN: February 21, 2018 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.   
WHERE: Rye Public Library 581 Washington Road Rye, NH 03870
WHO: The meeting is free.
VISUALS: The brief presentation at the beginning of the meeting will give an overview of the federal proposal to allow drilling.
Press conference with local voices opposed to offshore drilling is planned on March 5, 2018 in Concord at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building, as well as sign waving outside the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hearing at the Holiday Inn Downtown Concord on Main Street starting at 3 p.m.

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