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Putting Jersey Shore in Danger? NJ Lawmakers Decry Administration’s Plan to Open Atlantic Ocean to Oil Drilling

Putting Jersey Shore in Danger? NJ Lawmakers Decry Administration’s Plan to Open Atlantic Ocean to Oil Drilling
BY CHRISTINE BRENNAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

WASHINGTON, DC –  U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) and Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) released the following joint statement yesterday decrying the Department of the Interior’s inclusion of the Atlantic Ocean in its Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program (Five Year Program) for 2017-2022. The draft proposed Five Year Program, which was announced today, allows for oil and gas exploration in a portion of the Mid- and South Atlantic planning areas, encompassing areas offshore of Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia:

“It is unthinkable that the Administration would open parts of the Atlantic Ocean, a fragile and priceless ecosystem that is home to such a unique array of marine life, to oil and gas drilling and potential damage from pollution and oil spills. An oil spill in the Atlantic Ocean would not occur in isolation. A spill anywhere along the Atlantic coast would cause severe environmental damage to beaches, fisheries, and marine life throughout the Eastern Seaboard, while also seriously threatening the ocean-based economies that rely on them. Opening up the Atlantic coast to drill for fossil fuel is unnecessary, poses a serious threat to coastal communities throughout the region, and is the wrong approach to energy development in this country.

 

5 Reasons Chris Christie Started PAC

5 Reasons Chris Christie Started PAC
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Gov. Chris Christie, not yet an officially announced Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016, attended the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, and reassured attend...

Scheme to Extort Money from Dock Workers

Scheme to Extort Money from Dock Workers
BY PETER ASELTINE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
TRENTON –  A former top official of the International Longshoremen’s Association, a former Newark police officer and a third man pleaded guilty to...

Powerball Numbers Worth $230 Million

Powerball Numbers Worth $230 Million
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Fifteen consecutive Powerball jackpot drawings without a winner have sent that top prize soaring toward a quarter of a million dollars.

The current Powerball grand prize...

Sweeney: Obama Right to Focus on Economic Fairness for Middle Class, Working Poor

Sweeney: Obama Right to Focus on Economic Fairness for Middle Class, Working Poor
BY TRISH GRABER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON - N.J. Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement last night, praising President Barack Obama's emphasis on economic fairness ...

Rebuilding America

Rebuilding America
BY JOE SINAGRA
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

When President Obama first uttered the phrase, “If Congress won’t act, I will” . . .  he declared war on the U.S. Constitution.

Obam...

Identity Theft Ring Allegedly Steals $293,600 at 5 Atlantic City Casinos

Identity Theft Ring Allegedly Steals $293,600 at 5 Atlantic City Casinos
BY ZACH HOSSEINI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that 12 New York residents were indicted yesterday for allegedly using 52 stolen credit card...

With an Eye on the Future: Encouraging All Democrats to go All-In on Public Education

With an Eye on the Future: Encouraging All Democrats to go All-In on Public Education
BY REP. MARK TAKANO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

With a new year upon us and the midterms now firmly in the rear-view mirror, Democrats are moving past all of the ink, tweets and h...

Misuse of E-ZPass Data by Port Authority Officials? Pallone Calls for Investigation

Misuse of E-ZPass Data by Port Authority Officials? Pallone Calls for Investigation
BY CHRISTINE BRENNAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Atto...

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