Prohibit Drilling Activity in CT State Waters!

Loss | June 05 2019

Ocean Protection

The CT Chapter worked with our Northeast Regional Manager to support the passage of proposed senate bill 588, which as currently written would prohibit offshore drilling for oil and gas in state waters.

Follow the bill S.B. No. 588 progress here, and read the full text here.

Surfrider advocated in testimony on March 18, 2019 for an amendment to ban the infrastructure necessary for oil and gas resources drilled in the federal waters of the outer continental shelf to be transported or processed across state waters, urging the Environment Committee to amend and vote the bill favorably out of their Committee (see our testimony here).

On 3/25/19, the vote was 27 to 2 to send a substitute bill favorably out of Committee. 

On 5/30/19, the bill passed the senate on a vote of 36 to 0!

CT's statutory adjournment was on 6/5/19, and as this bill did not make it to the House floor for a vote, it is now dead. We fully anticipate the bill to resurface in the next session -so please stay tuned!

Join the Surfrider-led email listserv for your New England state-based coalition opposing offshore drilling by filling out this form (and please share the link widely - all are welcomed):

Ocean Protection

The Surfrider Foundation works to protect our ocean and address the dangers to it, today and in the future. Our Ocean Protection Initiative includes grassroots campaigns to establish and support Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), oppose new offshore oil drilling and seismic testing, participate in regional ocean planning, and ensure renewable ocean energy does not damage our ocean.

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