Representative Malinowski Votes to Protect New Jersey Coastline from Offshore Drilling
(Washington, DC) Today, the House passed H.R. 1941, The Coastal and Marine Economics Protection Act, which prohibits future leases and preleases for oil and gas development in the Atlantic and Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) planning areas, including off the coast of New Jersey.
In January 2018, the Trump administration published a draft offshore gas and oil leasing plan that would open up more than 90 percent of the OCS to drilling and development. Absent action by Congress or the Courts, it could start holding lease sales for the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as early as 2021. With more than 130 miles of coastline, and over 40 distinct towns and communities along the Atlantic coast, New Jersey is at particular risk to oil spills and environmental degradation.
“Offshore drilling is not a long term economic opportunity for our state or country. The private sector understands this, which is why the solar and wind power industries are two of the nation’s fastest growing job sectors. I am proud to vote for this bill today that will protect our beautiful coasts in New Jersey, and continue our transition to a clean energy future,” said Congressman Malinowski.