Editorial: No drilling off the Jersey Shore

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NORTHJERSEY.COM – The environmental advocacy corps in New Jersey is a strong one, with a long tradition and lots of training and experience in fighting shortsighted plans by politicians who care little if anything for clean land, air and water. Those groups and the thousands of New Jerseyans who support them must now mobilize to put a stop to any proposals put forward by the Trump administration to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, and especially as it concerns our cherished Jersey Shore.

Last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled preliminary plans that would provide 47 lease sales for 90 percent of the outer continental shelf for potential oil and gas drilling, including not only the Atlantic sea floor from Florida to Maine, but also much of Alaska, the Pacific coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Any such expansion would reverse a ban on drilling in those areas put in place by the Obama administration, and constitutes a direct threat to the Jersey Shore — and to the economy, marine life and communities that thrive there …

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