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File #: R-5-18    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 1/25/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/26/2018 Final action: 2/26/2018
Title: Opposing Oil and Gas Development Off Maryland's Shores - For the purpose of expressing the City of Annapolis's opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration activities, including seismic air gun blasting.
Sponsors: Rob Savidge
Attachments: 1. R-5-18 Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Seismic Testing Resolution.pdf, 2. Survey of Grass Roots Opposition to Offshore drilling Atlantic Coast.pdf, 3. Offshore drilling md_gov_hogan_to_boem.pdf, 4. R-5-18 Fiscal Impact.pdf, 5. R-5-18 SIGNED.pdf
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Opposing Oil and Gas Development Off Maryland's Shores - For the purpose of expressing the City of Annapolis's opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration activities, including seismic air gun blasting.
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CITY COUNCIL OF THE
City of Annapolis

Resolution 5-18

Introduced by: Alderman Savidge

A RESOLUTION concerning

Opposing Oil and Gas Development Off Maryland's Shores

FOR the purpose of expressing the City of Annapolis's opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration activities, including seismic air gun blasting.

WHEREAS, on August 16, 2017, Governor Hogan formerly notified the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of Maryland's opposition to opening up the Mid-Atlantic outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease area for oil and gas exploration and development activities as part of the 2019-2024, 5-year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program; and

WHEREAS, offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration places coastal communities at economic and ecological risk from oil spills and the pollution brought by routine drilling operations and onshore industrialization, threatening the livelihoods of commercial and recreational fisherman and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and beaches; and,

WHEREAS, offshore drilling may require significant onshore infrastructure, such as pipelines or refineries, which would harm the character of Maryland's coastline, perpetuates our ties to dirty carbon pollution, and exacerbates wetlands loss and storm surge and sea level rise impacts; and,

WHEREAS, offshore drilling activities pose threats to the Chesapeake Bay, a major historical, cultural, economic and ecological treasure in this region; and

WHEREAS, seismic air-guns fire intense blasts of compressed air, which create one of the loudest manmade sounds in the ocean at 200-230 decibels, occurring as frequently as every ten seconds, for days to weeks at a time; and

WHEREAS, seismic air gun blasting to explore for oi...

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