The public can get information and offer opinions about offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean later this month at a public meeting in Atlantic City organized by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

The Obama administration has proposed opening an area in the Ocean off the coasts of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia to possible drilling, and has set 23 public meetings around the country.

Three Democrats who represent New Jersey in Congress – Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone – oppose the drilling proposal because they believe a major spill could be carried to the Jersey Shore. They are urging state residents, business owners, fishermen and community leaders to make their views known.

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