Several New Jersey lawmakers blasted an Obama administration plan Tuesday to allow offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic, saying their state and others along the coast would be at risk of significant damage from any spills.
While the proposal would open up offshore drilling in an area from Virginia to Georgia, New Jerseyans worried that any spills would damage their state's tourism and fishing businesses, its environment and economy.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) said many along the Jersey shore are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
“The last thing that these people need is the threat of a man-made disaster from an oil spill on top of a natural disaster, and that threat is very real,” Menendez said at a news conference. “Oil companies don’t need another hand out. They don’t need another gift from the federal government.”