Lynnhaven River NOW works to promote positive dialogue between the citizens of Virginia Beach and our elected officials and City and State leadership on issues affecting the health of our natural environment.

We are currently actively involved in two local public policy issues.

Offshore Drilling

Offshore drilling poses huge threats to our waterways and beaches and all the progress we have made to clean up our environment.  It is not just the possibility of a disastrous spill that poses a risk, but the smaller spills that occur as a result of the day-to-day operations also foul the waters and kill wildlife.  Oyster larvae is particularly vulnerable to oil and gas contamination.  We are joined on this position by many other groups in Virginia Beach including the Restaurant Association, the Hotel Association, the Resort Advisory Commission, the Princess Anne Garden Club, the Virginia Beach Garden Club and the Green Ribbon Committee. We are all working together to have our concerns heard a the state and federal levels.  We thank our City Council for rescinding their support of offshore oil and gas drilling.

If you share our position of opposition to drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia, please contact:

Governor McAuliffe, P.O. Box 1475, Richmond, VA 804-786-2211

Senator Kaine, 231 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-4024

Senator Warner, 475 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-2023

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Director Abigail Ross Hopper, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240, 202-208-6474

 Seismic Testing

Seismic Air Blasting is used to prospect for oil and gas. The process involves large air guns that fire intense blasts of compressed air about every 10-12 seconds, 24 hours a day for days, weeks and even months. Seismic air blasts travel an incredible distance–more than 1,000 through the ocean and into the seabed and seafloor. Seismic testing harms marine life by disrupting their behavior, foraging and breeding. Additionally, the blasts impair communication, displace fish and whales from their habitat and cause physical injury (hearing loss) and death.

Currently, five companies are each seeking permission to conduct seismic air gun blasting at various locations along the Atlantic coastline. This includes areas  from Delaware to Cape Canaveral, Florida. All would conduct blasting off Virginia’s coastline. It is not worth the risk to our waterways, to tourism, to the Navy’s offshore operations, and to our wildlife. We hope you will join us Monday, June 26th, at 7:00 PM, at the Brock Environmental Center to learn more about seismic testing and offshore drilling and the next steps we need to take to secure our coast.

For more information on Seismic Air Blasting click HERE 


December 2017

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