PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Raymond | January 30th, 2013 - 6:13pm
| More

NEW JERSEY – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today sent letters to President Obama to express their concerns regarding the Department of Interior’s (DOI) plan to begin seismic testing off the Atlantic coast.  Seismic airgun testing brings the Atlantic coast closer to the risky practice of deepwater oil drilling, the same practice that led to the disastrous Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico three years ago.

Last March, DOI announced its decision to begin seismic testing off the coast of the Mid and South Atlantic, potentially opening up the Atlantic Ocean to offshore drilling.  The Administration’s Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program involves seismic airgun testing from Delaware to Florida.  

Pallone and Lautenberg have been outspoken critics of the Administration’s seismic testing plans off the Atlantic Coast as a potential threat to New Jersey’s shoreline.  New Jersey’s economic vitality is strongly dependent on a healthy coastline, which suffered catastrophic damage last October from Superstorm Sandy.  New Jersey generates $38 billion per year in economic activity and supports nearly 500,000 jobs from its expansive shoreline and marine industry. Seismic airgun testing could pose numerous dangers to the Atlantic Coast, adding further injury to the state’s already fragile waterfront economy.

“Seismic testing is the first step to offshore drilling, and we have to put a stop to it before we experience a Deepwater Horizon-like disaster in the Atlantic,” said Rep. Pallone.  “Already New Jersey’s coastal economy is reeling from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, and our fishing and tourism industries need to be protected from further challenges to their economic and environmental well-being.  The time and resources that DOI is allocating to pursuing seismic airgun testing would be better used to invest in renewables that will help us achieve energy independence.”

"Drilling for oil near New Jersey's beaches would be a disaster for our economy and environment and this plan to study it should be taken off the table," Lautenberg said.  "Superstorm Sandy exposed the vulnerability of New Jersey's shore economy and placing oil rigs off our coast would only escalate the threats to our beaches, businesses, and communities. Congressman Pallone and I will continue working to invest in clean energy solutions that will create good New Jersey jobs, reduce our reliance on oil, and ensure a healthier future for our children."

Airgun noise has been shown to decrease fisheries catch rates by 40-80 percent, posing a significant threat to the fishing industry.  Commercial and recreational fishing off the mid- and southeast Atlantic generate $11.8 billion annually and support 222,000 jobs.

###

Contact Info: 

Office of Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr
202-225-4671

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: October 1st

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

(10-1-14) Mayor Fulop’s Working Family Rebellion Spreads - What began as a commitment between Mayor Steve Fulop and the people of Jersey City is fast becoming a movement spreading... more »
In tribute to John Sheridan, a good and great man     I first learned late last night from television news that John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce had... more »
(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"I see Loretta Weinberg in the back of the room. Loretta, you have my eternal admiration for what you did to rid the Democratic Party of a certain political boss. However, not everyone shares that distinction." - Bergen County Republican Freeholder candidate Robert Avery

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Which of these "Mount Rushmore of Corruption" states deserves the centerpiece?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources