Maryland is included in the current oil and gas leasing plan and oil and gas exploration firms have applied to conduct seismic blasting off our coast. This indicates that industry is interested in mid-Atlantic drilling. If years of work and millions of dollars of restoration can be reversed by increased rainfall and urban runoff, imagine the havoc offshore oil drilling could wreak on Chesapeake Bay’s delicate recovery. Any spill, but in particular a major oil spill such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon, would devastate the recovering populations of oysters and crabs and expand the large dead zone.
The Chesapeake Bay’s inland location would not protect it from oil pollution as its waters are tied to the Atlantic which accounts for more inflow to the bay than all of its rivers combined. The risks of offshore drilling are too great. While our elected officials like Attorney General Brian Frosh and Gov. Larry. Hogan, who spearheaded an opposition letter penned by coastal governors, have taken a stand against drilling, all of us need to keep fighting against offshore drilling.
Ginny Miller, Cambridge, Mass.
The writer is an intern with Environment Maryland.