The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released a March 11 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking for public and corporate comments on ways the Trump Administration could “streamline” the all-important federal consistency process under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), thus weakening long-held state’s rights with respect to virtually all facets of federal offshore oil and gas drilling, seismic airgun petroleum exploration, and renewable energy projects. Public comments on this Federal Register Notice are due on April 25, 2019.
Hog Island Oyster Company (Hog Island) submitted a coastal development permit amendment application to the California Coastal Commission (Commission) for four coastal development permits. The application was approved unanimously by the Commission on February 8, 2019. The application included requests to expand shellfish aquaculture operations to 54 acres of state tidelands including the use of new equipment and additional species, approval for after-the-fact permits for cultivation development, and requests for the approval of installation and use of cultivation equipment within Hog Island’s current 25 acres of operations.
Our work continues into 2019 as the federal administration continues to push for oil and fracking expansion. We expect the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) to release its 5 year plan soon. You can count on EAC to keep you informed and engaged.
The aquaculture best management practices (BMPs) are moving forward. On October 25th, EAC represented the environmental interest along with a member of our Waters Advisory Committee, participating at an additional stakeholder meeting in Santa Rosa. Then on November 14th, Ashley Eagle-Gibbs, EAC’s Conservation Director, traveled to Sacramento with a member of our Waters Advisory Committee to continue to advocate for BMPs to the Fish and Game Commission’s Marine Resources Committee (MRC).
Californians love the coast. That is why EAC is part of an offshore oil opposition coalition that is working to protect the West Coast from oil drilling. EAC supports AB 1775 and SB 834, which would prohibit the leasing of state waters for new construction of oil and gas-related infrastructure. These bills are moving their way through the California legislature.
The Ocean Protection Council approved increased funding for Marine Protected Area Monitoring, Update on AB 2369 Fishing: Marine Protected Area Violations, and the Ocean Protection Council releases marine protected area monitoring action plan…
May 30th, California's Assembly and Senate passed Assembly Bill 1775 and Senate Bill 834 respectively. The bills create new measures that will prevent offshore drilling by prohibiting the State Lands Commission from issuing new leases for oil-related infrastructure in California's coastal waters and preventing current leases from being modified to support new oil drilling.
EAC is pleased to report that Assembly Bill 2754 was removed from consideration by the Natural Resources Committee on April 20, 2018.
EAC needs your help to submit comments to oppose Assembly Bill 2754. This legislation is intended to amend the 1976 Coastal Act by redefining the definition of "development" to exclude "ongoing agricultural" activities.
On March 6th 2018, EAC traveled to Santa Rosa to provide testimony before the Fish and Game Commission's Marine Resources Committee (MRC) on several topics including EAC's Marine Protected Area (MPA) Citizen Science Watch program, aquaculture Best Management Practices (BMPs), the proposed new aquaculture (Brodsky) lease, and future programmatic planning for the Bay.
EAC traveled to Sacramento on February 20th for the 14th annual oceans day, a day of lobbying by environmental NGOs, students, concerned individuals, and other groups.
EAC and its members took to the streets on February 8th to rally against offshore oil drilling. Along with hundreds of environmental advocates and students.
Marin County Board of Supervisors' resolution supporting protection of our ocean and coast from offshore drilling and fracking passed unanimously on January 30th, 2018!