Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2) today contacted United States Coast Guard (USCG) officials and urged them to protect sensitive environmental areas from the recent oil spill on the Delaware River. Chairman LoBiondo was contacted by the New Jersey Audubon Society about preventing the oil from entering into ecologically unique wildlife and marsh habitats in Southern New Jersey. He has been receiving regular updates on the progress of the oil spill clean up, and the direction of the oil sheen from the U.S. Coast Guard.
"We must act quickly to prevent any oil from entering our ecologically sensitive areas here in Southern New Jersey," said Chairman LoBiondo. "By taking the necessary steps to protect our unique habitats, we can prevent serious harm from coming to places like Mannington Meadows, which are rich in biodiversity. I want to recognize the outstanding job the Coast Guard is doing with the severe weather conditions and constantly changing situation on the river. I also want to thank the New Jersey Audubon Society, and all of the concerned volunteers and residents of South Jersey who are working tirelessly to mitigate the impacts of this oil spill."
Chairman LoBiondo also encouraged New Jersey residents who see wildlife affected by the oil spill to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 215-365-1558, noting that this was the best way to help the animals. The public can receive further information on this situation by going to http://www.incidentinfo.com or can report personal property damage at 866-401-0353.