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News from State Senator Ernie Lopez Serving the 6th Senatorial District

Date: September 19, 2018
Join me tomorrow to protect our water and
? Delaware beaches
Senator Lopez invites residents of the 6th District and constituents around the state to join him tomorrow on the Bandstand in Rehoboth as Governor John Carney signs two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting Delaware’s coastline and coastal economy from offshore drilling.
What: Signing of SB 200 and SS1 for Senate Bill 207
When: Thursday at 11 a.m.
Where: Rehoboth Bandstand, Rehoboth Beach
Parking Meters will NOT be in effect
Senate Bill 200 prohibits drilling for oil and natural gas in Delaware’s coastal zone and territorial waters, and precludes DNREC from issuing any permits in connection with the development of offshore drilling infrastructure, whether proposed for Delaware territorial waters or waters outside the state. This legislation will help maintain high-quality coastline waters and protect thousands of jobs supported by Delaware’s coastal tourism industry. Coast-related activities contribute almost $7 billion to Delaware’s economy. 
"I am proud to be the prime sponsor of SB 200," said Senator Lopez. "Defending our beautiful beaches and our unique coastal environment from the potential negative impact of off-shore drilling is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue: It is a Delaware issue and has been of the highest priority for the people of the 6th District and to me as their State Senator."
SS 1 for Senate Bill 207 opposes drilling off Delaware’s coast and directs certain state officials and agencies to enforce Delaware’s rights relating to offshore drilling under federal and state environmental laws. This legislation allows the Delaware Department of Justice to take appropriate legal steps to protect our environment and tourism economy and prevent the sale of oil and gas leases for Delaware’s coastal waters.