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Murphy signs legislation banning oil and gas exploration off NJ coast

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Gov. Phil Murphy signs the bill to prevent offshore drilling off the coast of New Jersey into law, April 20 in Point Pleasant Beach.
Gov. Phil Murphy signs the bill to prevent offshore drilling off the coast of New Jersey into law, April 20 in Point Pleasant Beach. - ()

Gov. Phil Murphy signed bipartisan legislation Friday banning offshore oil and gas exploration and production off New Jersey's ocean waters.

This news comes on the eighth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

The New Jersey bill prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection from issuing any permits and approvals for the development of any facility or infrastructure related to offshore drilling within or outside of New Jersey waters.

Murphy said opening the Atlantic Ocean for offshore drilling would cause catastrophic and lasting economic harm to New Jersey’s 130-mile shoreline, which supports a tourism industry worth $44 billion annually and attracts millions of visitors each year.

The legislation received a 37-0 vote in the Senate; the Assembly approved it 72-1.

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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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