ENVIRONMENT

New Jersey joins multistate lawsuit to prevent offshore drilling

New Jersey has joined a multistate lawsuit to prevent the preliminary steps that clear the way for oil drilling off shore. Last month, the Trump administration opened the door to offshore drilling by allowing seismic testing for oil and natural gas reserves along the ocean floor.

“Evidence shows the negative impact that seismic testing can have on marine mammals. We are an important migration corridor for federally endangered marine mammals and turtles. The impact of seismic air guns on whales and dolphins include behavioral changes like decreased feeding, avoidance of the noise, stress and possible stranding,” said Deputy Environmental Protection Commissioner Debbie Mans.

Mans and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal want that seismic testing approval reversed. Grewal is also reviewing federal court records to understand why Florida is exempt from offshore drilling while New Jersey’s request was denied.

“Today in New Jersey we say enough is enough,” said Grewal. “And here’s my call to the federal government: if you have actual evidence that justifies treating Florida differently than New Jersey then turn it over, but if you don’t, then exempt New Jersey from offshore drilling as well.”