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ASBPA Newsroom: Press Release: October 15, 2009



October 15 , 2009


Contact: Tina Haisman, ASBPA Media Relations, 239-292-2882 or
Harry Simmons, ASBPA President, (910) 200-7867 or

ASBPA issues statement about offshore drilling
As the debate about offshore drilling intensifies, the nation’s leading coastal advocacy group issues a statement about drilling’s potential impact on a vital coastal resource.

FORT MYERS, FL – The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s board of directors unanimously voted to issue a statement about offshore drilling during its recent national coastal conference held on St. Pete Beach, Fla.

The statement is as follows: “ASBPA has taken no position on the general proposition of increasing oil and gas production along the U.S. coast. However, it is critical that any new oil and gas development be carefully reviewed to assure that pipelines and supporting equipment do not impede, diminish or eliminate vital offshore sand resources that are needed for the protection of America's shorelines."

Drilling rigs can have significant underwater infrastructure, such as pipelines, that can obstruct potential borrow sites for sand for beach restoration projects, thus reducing options for communities seeking the most compatible sand to restore their beaches.

“As a national organization with diverse membership from states that both support and oppose increasing offshore oil and gas production, our goal is to help educate America's policymakers on the issues surrounding such decisions,” said ASBPA President Harry Simmons.

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