Pallone to Trump: Dangers of Offshore Drilling are Not Unique to Florida

Jan 10, 2018

Washington, DC- Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement after the Interior Department announced that it would exclude offshore drilling from the coasts of Florida, while leaving the rest of nearly all U.S. waters, including the Atlantic, open to offshore drilling.

"The Trump administration is correct in concluding that offshore drilling could have a devastating impact on Florida’s tourism industry and coastal economy. Yet, it  inexplicably fails to see the same risks for numerous other states with thriving coastal economies, including New Jersey. In its politically motivated effort to protect only Florida, the Trump Administration forgets one of the key lessons from the Deepwater Horizon spill: oil spills do not respect state borders.  A spill anywhere in the Atlantic would cause environmental damage all along the coast. This action once again highlights the reckless, arbitrary and harmful decision-making process for which this Administration has become famous.

“The Jersey Shore is home to over $700 billion in coastal properties and a tourism industry that generates $38 billion a year and directly supports almost half a million direct and indirect jobs, or nearly ten percent of the state’s entire workforce. New Jersey’s vibrant commercial fishing industry generates over $7.9 billion annually and supports over 50,000 jobs. The state also has one of the largest saltwater recreational fishing industries in the nation. Like Florida, New Jersey can simply not afford a spill off its coast or anywhere in the Atlantic.

“Florida should not be given special status because the President is friends with Governor Scott. The Trump administration has now acknowledged the dangers of offshore drilling and it should revoke its sweeping offshore drilling plan.”