Bill to delay seismic testing and offshore drilling on eastern shore proposed in Congress

BERLIN, Md. – A bill proposed in Congress has grabbed the attention of eastern shore residents and environmentalists alike. Now, they’re coming together to get Congressman Andy Harris to vote in favor of this piece of legislation. According to officials, the upcoming environmental appropriations bill also known as H.R 3052, if passed, could halt proposed seismic testing and offshore drilling in the Atlantic ocean and here on the eastern shore. We’re told if passed, the bill would delay this type of activity from taking place for at least a year, and would ensure that the natural resources, ecosystem, and economy here would be protected.

“The more people that he hears from the clearer the message is. With our coastal economy that depends on a clean ocean and our coastal bays economy that depends on not having any oil company coming into the coastal bays,” said Assateague Coastal Trust Executive Director, Kathy Phillips.

Officials add that you can either send a letter or call representative Andy Harris’ office at 443-944-8624 to encourage him to vote yes on this piece of legislation.

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