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HANDS ACROSS THE SAND – REHOBOTH BEACH – OPPOSING OFFSHORE DRILLING

ON Saturday, May 19, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light joined with Epworth United Methodist Church, Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Lower Delaware, Delaware Sierra Club, MERR Institute, Oceana, Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and Surfrider Foundation Delaware Chapter to host Hands Across the Sand in Rehoboth Beach.

The Hands Across the Sand movement started 8 years ago in the wake of the devastating BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and has turned into an annual, worldwide event.

This year, concerned citizens came together on a very soggy Saturday morning on Rehoboth Beach to join hands in our shared commitment to protect the world’s oceans; to show solidarity for a clean, healthy, sustainable energy future; and to oppose the Trump administration’s recent proposal to open over 90% of U.S. offshore regions to oil and gas exploration and development, including areas off our beautiful Delaware coastline.

Senator Enesto (Ernie) Lopez has sponsored Senate Bill 200, which “prohibits drilling for oil or natural gas in Delaware’s coastal zone and territorial waters and precludes DNREC from issuing any permits in connection with the development of offshore drilling infrastructure, whether proposed for Delaware territorial waters or waters outside of the State.” It is awaiting consideration in Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

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