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  • NJ A5066
  • Prohibits offshore drilling in State waters and issuance of DEP permits and approvals for activities associated with offshore drilling.
Introduced
(6/26/2017)
In Committee
(6/26/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit offshore drilling for oil or natural gas in State waters and prohibit the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from issuing any permits and approvals for the development of any facility, or related infrastructure, associated with offshore drilling in State waters or outside State waters. On April 28, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order No. 13795 entitled "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy." This executive order seeks to encourage oil and natural gas production off the Atlantic coast. Opening up the Atlantic Ocean for offshore drilling would put at risk beaches, fisheries, and marine life all along the coast. An oil spill, like the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil spill of 2010 in Louisiana, would damage the fragile marine ecosystem, kill off endangered and threatened species of fish and wildlife, and poison the many types of fish and shellfish that New Jersey residents and visitors eat and harvest for sale. It would also cause catastrophic and lasting economic harm to the Jersey Shore, which supports a tourism industry worth $38 billion annually, and reduce the quality of life for New Jersey's residents. Consequently, it is in the best interests of this State to prohibit offshore drilling for oil or natural gas.
Environment and Solid Waste
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee  (on 6/26/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/26/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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