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  • NJ A2411
  • Prohibits issuance of DEP permits and approvals for development related to drilling for oil and natural gas off NJ coast.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(2/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit the Commissioner of Environmental Protection from issuing any permit or other form of approval pursuant to R.S.12:5-3, "The Wetlands Act of 1970," P.L.1970, c.272 (C.13:9A-1 et seq.), and the "Coastal Area Facility Review Act," P.L.1973, c.185 (C.13:19-1 et seq.) for any development, facility, or activity associated with drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of New Jersey. These laws are commonly referred to as "waterfront development," "coastal wetlands," and "CAFRA." The bill would also prohibit the Commissioner of Environmental Protection from issuing a permit or any other form of approval pursuant to the federal "Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972," 16 U.S.C.s.1451 et seq., or any other permit or form of approval required pursuant to State or federal law, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, for a development, facility or activity associated with drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of New Jersey. New Jersey is well known for its inviting coastline, which provides recreational opportunities for residents and visitors from near and far. The State's 127-mile long coast along the Atlantic Ocean and 83 miles of shoreline along the Raritan and Delaware Bays are an ecological treasure and economic engine for the state. Miles of sandy beaches, bustling boardwalks and busy coastal waterways provide New Jersey with a robust tourism industry. The allure of New Jersey's coastline has proven so great that the vast majority of its more than 8 million residents live within 30 miles of the coast. The fishing, shellfishing, and tourism industries in New Jersey contribute many millions of dollars annually to the State economy and are priceless contributors to the quality of life and enjoyment of shore communities for residents and visitors alike. Many of the State's natural treasures, resources, and industries would be seriously jeopardized, if not destroyed or devastated, by contamination from oil spills or accidents involving the drilling for, transportation of, and development of oil and natural gas reserves off the State's coast. This bill seeks to protect the State from a disaster like the one resulting from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling rig leased by the oil company British Petroleum (BP), in the Gulf of Mexico.
Environment and Solid Waste
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee  (on 2/4/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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