Sunday, September 4, 2011

Offshore drilling protect

Offshore drilling critics plan second protest

Critics of offshore oil drilling will return to Fort Lauderdale beach next month as a part of a Hands Across the Sand event.
Last June, demonstrators also gathered along the shore near Las Olas Boulevard just two months after the BP oil spill began in the Gulf of Mexico.
“It’s important for people to remember what happened a year ago,” said Matthew Schwartz, executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, referring to the BP spill.
Schwartz's group is helping to organize the gathering on Fort Lauderdale next month.
Hands Across the Sand was the idea of Dave Rauschkolb, an avid surfer and restaurant owner from Florida.
“We wanted to convince legislators not to take oil drilling up, which they did not and we’d like to think we had an effect,” he said.
Next month's demonstration begins at 11 a.m. June 25 at the intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and State Road A1A. Participants are scheduled to join hands for 15 minutes beginning at noon.
“It’s a very powerful expression to show up in unity and send a powerful message that clean energy is the course to take,” Rauschkolb said.
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