Governor Phil Murphy
Friday, April 20
Today, I signed into law a bill to protect the Jersey shore from
the potential devastation of offshore drilling.
New Jersey will not stand by silently and allow Donald J. Trump and Secretary Ryan Zinke to open the ocean floor off our coast to oil and gas
We do this for the millions of people who live near and love our
beaches, billions of dollars in economic activity, tens of thousands of jobs,
and the thousands of businesses that rely on a safe and clean shoreline.
We do this for today and for
MARCH 9, 2018 / 3:40 PM / A MONTH AGO
governor requests to exclude state from offshore drilling program
(Reuters) - New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he had formally asked for the state to be excluded
from a federal offshore drilling program that he said would threaten its ocean
resources and endanger efforts toward a cleaner energy economy.
“New York State
strongly opposes the Department of the Interior’s National Outer Continental
Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program as it poses an unacceptable threat to New
York’s ocean resources, to our economy and to the future of our children,”
Cuomo said in announcing the exclusion request.
The five-year program, launched
by the federal government in early January, proposes to make over 90 percent of
the total U.S. offshore acreage available to oil and gas drilling. The plan
would open two areas of the North Atlantic coast adjacent to New
York State for fossil fuel exploration, according to a statement from Cuomo’s
“As the number three ocean
economy in the nation, New York stands to lose nearly 320,000 jobs and
billions of dollars generated through tourism and fishing industries
should the exclusion not be granted,” Cuomo said.
“Instead of protecting our
waters from another oil spill, like the one that devastated the Gulf, this new
federal plan only increases the chances of another disaster taking place,” he
granted exemption from the program on the grounds that the state relies heavily
Interior Department spokeswoman
Heather Swift did not immediately respond to a request for comment. New
York is one of several states that has asked to be exempted from the drilling
plan, and Interior has said it is considering the requests and holding
discussions with states as it finalizes the proposal over the coming months.
Officials with at least two
states, California and Washington, promised to take additional steps toward
thwarting the plan. In letters to the Interior Department last month, they said
they would block permits for transporting oil from new offshore rigs through
In an effort to promote
renewable energy in the New York, Cuomo also announced $1.4 billion in awards
for 26 large-scale renewable energy projects across the state.
The awards, driven by the Clean
Energy Standard mandate to obtain 50 percent of New York’s electricity from
renewable energy sources by 2030, are expected to generate enough clean,
renewable energy to power more than 430,000 homes and create over 3,000 short-
and long-term well-paying jobs, the statement said.