ENVIRONMENT

Pallone says battle against offshore drilling in a ‘state of limbo’

BY Michael Hill, Correspondent |

Rep. Frank Pallone says that the battle against the Trump Administration’s push for seismic blasting and drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean is in a “state of limbo.”

This comes after the Trump administration’s appeal of a federal judge blocking it from reopening the Obama-era 5-year plan to make oil and natural gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean off limits.

As chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Pallone got the full House in June to approve his amendment in an appropriations bill to restrict funding for offshore drilling in the Atlantic.

The House approved the amendment with bipartisan support, but Pallone has little hope the Senate will advance it.

At a press conference in Long Branch on Tuesday the Congressman stood with protectors of the Jersey Shore. It’s an issue that puts environmental advocates, the business community and the state all on the same side.

The National Ocean Industries Association calls Pallone’s amendment “premature” and “shortsighted,” in a statement to NJTV News.

“A well-reasoned energy policy would include efforts to determine the location of all energy resources,” the statement continued. “The American people at least deserve an opportunity to understand the resources available offshore.”

While it may appear that opponents to offshore drilling are collecting victories in the courts and in Congress, they assume the battle is never over.