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E-Newsletter: Protecting NJ's Coast

December 7, 2018
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Dear Neighbors,

As a lifelong resident of the Jersey shore, I know firsthand what a tremendous resource our beaches are, both for those who live here and for those who come to visit year after year.   The Jersey Shore is a priceless natural treasure and is the engine for a tourism industry that generates $44 billion a year and directly supports almost half a million jobs—nearly ten percent of New Jersey’s entire workforce. That’s why I’ve spent my career working to stop ocean dumping, to keep our beaches and sensitive coastal areas clean, and to stop the industrialization of our coast. 

Unfortunately, we saw another step taken towards offshore drilling in the Atlantic by the Trump administration last week. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approved five permits for seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. These permits are expected to cover a very wide swath of the Atlantic, from the tip of southern New Jersey, to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Rep. Pallone joining NJ environmental advocates on the Asbury Park boardwalk to denounce plans for seismic testing

Seismic testing involves the use of large, seismic air-guns that fire loud blasts of air at the ocean floor. This can disrupt migratory patterns and cause marine wildlife to abandon important habitats. Seismic testing is also designed to lead to offshore drilling.

We all remember the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the impact it had on our country. That tragedy was unprecedented, resulting in eleven lives lost, and economic and environmental devastation that far exceeded what many formerly believed would be the worst-case scenario for an offshore oil accident. We simply cannot afford the same type of spill in the Atlantic.

The good news is that our state is united against offshore drilling. I’ve worked with members from across the aisle to urge the administration to abandon its plans for seismic testing. I’ll do whatever I can to stop this immediate threat to the shore economy.

If you have a moment, please respond to this email or contact my office to share your thoughts on drilling in the Atlantic and what we can do to protect our beaches. It is my job to represent you and I would appreciate your input on this crucial issue.

Serving You

Lastly, one of my privileges as a Member of Congress is to assist my constituents on a range of issues, whether it be help with a federal agency, ordering a flag, or requesting tours and tickets for a visit to Washington DC. Please take a moment to visit my website to find out how I can serve you.

 

Congressman Pallone