Businesses against oil drilling in Maine waters
The Department of Interior recently proposed opening up Maine waters for oil and gas drilling, along with 90 percent of the U.S. coastline. Expanded offshore oil drilling could threaten Maine’s shores, fisheries, and coastal communities. Maine’s entire Congressional delegation opposes this plan, as do thousands of elected officials and businesses along the entire eastern seaboard. The plan already has been modified by Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove Florida waters. We believe that the waters off Maine also should be removed from this plan.

PLEASE ADD YOUR BUSINESS to the letter below to Secretary Zinke. Urge him to remove Maine waters from the offshore drilling plan!


We, the undersigned Maine businesses, strongly oppose the Department of Interior’s proposal for offshore oil and gas drilling and seismic exploration in Maine waters. We urge you in the strongest terms to remove Maine waters from this proposal.

Offshore drilling will not benefit Maine, and the risks to our economy could be incalculable. Maine’s coastal tourism, commercial fishing, aquaculture, and real estate sectors depend on clean and healthy waters.

As stated in a January 8, 2018 letter from Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King to you: “we believe the potential harm posed by oil and gas exploration and development off Maine’s shores far outweighs any potential benefit.”

Please remove Maine waters from this plan. Maine businesses have too much to lose and nothing to gain from a plan that would expose our shores, businesses, and communities to the damage that could be caused by oil spills in Maine waters.


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