Bill to ban drilling off NJ coast on Murphy’s Desk

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DANIEL NEE / SHOREBEAT – A bill that would make an end-run around federal plans to open up the Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey to oil exploration and drilling has been passed by the entire state legislature and now sits on the desk of Gov. Phil Murphy, awaiting his signature.

Murphy is expected to sign the bill, which was passed 37-0 by the state Senate on Monday and has already cleared the General Assembly. The bill would prohibit drilling in state waters – largely symbolic, as state waters only extend out three natuical miles from shore – but more significantly stops oil companies from laying pipes in state waters, thus preventing any oil from traveling to a refinery or other pipeline network …

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