SEATTLE – On Sunday, September 28, 2014 between 1:30pm and 2:00pm representatives of the Clean Adriatic Sea Alliance (CASA) and their supporters will be holding a protest outside the Virginia V Steamship, at the historic ships wharf at Lake Union. (860 Terry Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109)…
CASA will greet the Croatian Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic, in addition to Josko Paro, the Croatian Ambassador to the United States, and Consul General Josip Buljevic to protest the Croatian government plans for offshore drilling of oil and gas in the pristine Croatian Adriatic Sea.
CASA hopes to bring more understanding of the enormous ecological risk of drilling for oil and gas in the half-enclosed Adriatic Sea, which borders several UNESCO World Heritage sites, like the prominent Croatian city of Dubrovnik. CASA representatives will pose this question to the Prime Minister: Why in a critical time of climate change for the world is the Croatian government proceeding with fossil fuel projects, which include offshore drilling in an area covering roughly 37,000 square kilometers? Major concerns of the detrimental effects drilling will have on the robust Croatian tourism industry, which has become a 7 billion euro yearly income for Croatia, have emerged.
“We urge the Croatian government to halt any and all drilling activities in the Croatian Adriatic”, said CASA supporter and Associate Professor at California State University at Northridge, Maria R. D’Orsogna, PhD recently in an open letter to Croatia’s Ministry of Economy in response to their public comment period which ends September 29, 2014. “In our opinion turning the eastern side of the Adriatic into a massive oil field will be a detrimental fundamental change to the core essence of Croatia, in addition to threatening the health of its people, its seas and its thriving tourism industry.”
CASA is a group of global citizens, with environmental partners in Croatia and the EU, united for preservation of the Adriatic Sea – Authors of the worldwide petition to stop Croatian Adriatic Sea drilling.