As you likely know, the Trump Administration has announced a proposal to open nearly all U.S. coastal waters to oil and gas drilling, including along the coast of Maine.
Our coast is essential to Maine’s natural and cultural heritage, critical to our wildlife, our economy, and our daily lives. Drilling offshore puts us all — including Maine’s wildlife — at serious risk.
Thankfully, you have multiple opportunities to speak out against this misguided proposal.
What You Can Do
- The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a public meeting on Monday, January 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. Participants can arrive at any time to take part in this “open-house format” event. Learn more about this event.
- A few doors down from the BOEM meeting, some of our friends in the environmental community have organized their own public hearing. It’s in the Aroostook Room in the Civic Center from 2 to 7 p.m. on the same day (January 22). Participants will have the opportunity to voice their opposition on mic, and a videographer will capture comments to make certain that your remarks get the attention they deserve. Learn more and RSVP.
- Finally, you can submit written comments to the BOEM.
Maine Audubon staff will attend both events (speaking on mic with our conservation allies in the Aroostook Room, then dropping by the public meeting hosted by BOEM a few doors down). We’ll also be submitting comments online. Of course, we encourage you to do what works best for your schedule!
Thank you for taking the time to speak out in opposition to a proposal that puts Maine’s waters and wildlife at risk — and for all you do for Maine’s wildlife.