Editorial: Stop offshore drilling by making New Jersey and Delaware ugly for oil

offshore oil drilling platforms

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – New Jersey and Delaware know full well the dangers of President Trump’s reckless plans to open their coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling. Drilling activities endanger life on land and in the Atlantic Ocean. And, an accident would devastate the states’ tourism and fishing industries.

In their battle to protect the shore, both states would be wise to look to California, which is making itself ugly for the oil industry.

California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson is pushing a bill to ban pipelines running from the sea to the shore. States have control of the sea from the coastline to three miles out. Legislators from here should call Jackson for a copy of the bill. Also in California, 18 cities and nine counties have already banned construction of onshore oil terminals and pipelines without a public vote …

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