Obama administration agrees to N.J. public hearing on Atlantic oil drilling

Obama administration agrees to N.J. public hearing on Atlantic oil drilling


By:  Jonathan D. Salant
NJ Advance Media


Obama administration officials have agreed to hold a public hearing in New Jersey before deciding whether to let companies drill for oil and gas off the Atlantic Coast, lawmakers said today.

The U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hearing likely will take place in March at a time and place yet to be announced. The agency last month proposed selling leases during the five-year period beginning in 2017 to drill for oil and gas in 14 new sites, including one encompassing areas off the shores of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The other sites were in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska.

The announcement was made today by U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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