Massachusetts

Prohibit Drilling Activity in Mass State Waters!

Active | January 14 2019

Ocean Protection

The Massachusetts Chapter is working with our Northeast Regional Manager to support the passage of a law that would prohibit offshore drilling for oil and gas in state waters as well as 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.

Check the progress and language of the Senate bill S.448 and the House Bill 2852.

Massachusetts residents are urged to contact their state house and senate electeds to ask for their support! 

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): go.surfrider.org/NoNEdrilling

UPDATES + NEXT STEPS!

A hearing on H.2852 was held on January 22, 2020, and the bill was reported out of the Telecommunications, Utility and Energy Committee on February 10, 2020, with a Study Order H.4405, relating to a host of fossil fuel and clean energy issues rather than any enforceable law relative to permitting and transportation of outer continental shelf oil and gas.

The Study Order is now before the House Committee on Rules, with the part relative to H.2852 not yet reported out.

If H.2852 is reported out as part of H.4405, this would require a report to be issued to the House Clerk no later than 12/31/20 with recommendations, which could include legislation. If legislation is proposed, the Telecommunications Committee will then consider those recommendations, and any bills it accepts would then be assigned new bill numbers and advanced accordingly as Committee bills.

Senator Cyr's state anti-drilling bill S.448 came to public hearing on June 4, 2019. Our Northeast Regional Manager submitted written testimony and Surfrider MA volunteer offshore drilling opposition coordinator, Brian Ferrazzani, attended the hearing to testify in person.

The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture accepted testimony in writing to Committee staff (Yael.langer@masenate.gov; Jacqueline.Manning@mahouse.gov; Robert.Libin@mahouse.gov) right up until the Committee released its favorable report and sent the bill to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on August 15, 2019. Thanks + stay tuned for further updates and ways you can help!

For information on hearing and testimony rules for the TBD hearing on HB2852, see this link.

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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