10th District Legislators Warn of Potential Environmental and Economic Harm to the Jersey Shore
Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District announced their opposition to President Trump’s plan to allow for oil and natural gas drilling off the Jersey Shore.
Crews battle a roaring fire after the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig exploded in 2010. An estimated 5 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. (Wikipedia)
Executive Order No. 13795, which seeks to encourage oil and natural gas production along the Atlantic coastline, was signed by the President last year.
“For many years we have opposed any sort of offshore drilling in State waters,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “Our economy relies heavily on the fishing and shipping industries as well as the billions of dollars generated each year from tourism. The impact of a single oil spill would permanently damage the ocean’s ecosystem and cause economic harm to all states that border the Atlantic Ocean.”
The legislators said that drilling for oil and natural gas would threaten both the ecology and economy of New Jersey.
They will join as co-sponsors of legislation (S-258/A-839) prohibiting the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) from issuing any permits and approvals for the development of any facility or infrastructure associated with offshore drilling in State waters or outside of State waters.
“A proposal such as this would have devastating effects on New Jersey. The federal government must take into account the events of the past such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which flooded the Gulf of Mexico with five million barrels of oil. Drilling for oil and natural gas off the Jersey Shore isn’t worth the risk,” added Assemblyman McGuckin.
Tourism is a $45 billion industry for New Jersey supporting more than half-a-million jobs for residents. The total value of coastal properties in the state is estimated to be $700 billion.
The legislators warned that offshore drilling could cause catastrophic and lasting economic effects that could harm both homeowners and visitors.
“Our coastline is a national treasure which we must protect,” concluded Assemblyman Wolfe. “We join many other Shore legislators and officials in opposition to offshore drilling and we will continue to be at the forefront of this critical economic and environmental issue.”