Today I reintroduced legislation to protect Massachusetts’ fragile Georges Bank from any oil or natural gas drilling, which could be potentially disastrous for the New England fishing industry.
From the boats and wharfs to the markets and restaurants of New England, the unique habitat of Georges Bank is a key economic engine for Massachusetts and the region and an important part of our cultural heritage. In this economic crisis, the preservation of Georges Bank is vital to not just the environmental integrity of New England but also the stability of its economy.
As President Obama and Congress pass crucial recovery legislation to create new American jobs, protecting Georges Bank will preserve hundreds of jobs here in Massachusetts. This fragile ecosystem must be protected for its environmental – and fiscal – value. The legislation that I introduced today with twelve of my New England colleagues will ensure that Georges Bank is never allowed to become Exxon’s bank.
Read more about my legislation and the importance of protecting Georges Bank on my site: http://markey.house.gov/index….