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New Jersey Takes a Stand Against Offshore Oil Drilling

On June 18 the New Jersey state Assembly collectively stated its opposition to drilling for oil and natural gas in waters off New Jersey coastline and others nationwide.

The 51-19 vote approved a resolution against provisions included in a federal energy bill that would require exploration for oil and gas off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico and increase domestic production of offshore oil and gas 45 miles or further from the east coast of the Gulf.

It also encourages federal lawmakers to renew the recently-expired, 28-year moratorium on exploration for oil and natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf. That zone includes ocean waters off the East Coast and Alaska, as well as the Green River Basin in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, according to text of AR147.