Menendez Denounces Off-Shore Drilling Proposal

Menendez Denounces Off-Shore Drilling Proposal

Senator says Bush administration risking environmental catastrophe

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released a statement following the release of the Interior Departments proposed oil and gas drilling plan for 2007 2012. The plan includes leasing in areas that are currently under a federal drilling moratorium, including one off the coast of Virginia less than 100 miles from the New Jersey coastline. The proposed plan is open for public comment until November 24, but so far no public meetings on the plan have been held or scheduled in New Jersey.

While thousands of people are flocking to the Jersey shore to enjoy a carefree late-summer weekend, the Bush Administration threatens our beaches by taking another step toward putting oil and gas rigs less than 100 miles off of our coast. This administration appears to be willing to stop at nothing to get their next oil fix, even if it means risking an environmental catastrophe that could wreck a 22 billion dollar tourist economy. I will continue to strongly oppose this plan, and demand that the voices of New Jerseys residents are heard.

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