NJ is united against offshore drilling, but will it matter?

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RUSS ZIMMER / APP.COM – Nobody around here seems to want offshore oil exploration near New Jersey’s coasts, but it remains to be seen if the Trump Administration will pay any mind to local sentiment.

Democrats, Republicans, environmental organizations and chambers of commerce, sleepy seaside communities and the frenetic urban centers – there is a consensus in New Jersey on at least one thing: Offshore drilling is not welcome here.

The Trump Administration announced a plan early this year to allow more than 90 percent of U.S. ocean waters to be leased by energy companies for the purpose of potentially extracting oil and gas from beneath the seabed …

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