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QoTD: President Obama’s legacy

Quote of the Day today is from Doug O’Malley of Environment New Jersey, who joins NJ leaders calling out the White House for a decision that opens New Jersey to enormous risk of damage to NJ’s beautiful territory.

With the news that the federal Interior Department is lifting a 5-year moratorium on drilling in coastal waters along part of the Eastern seaboard, there was quick response from several of the members of NJ’s congressional delegation.

In a joint statement, senators Menendez and Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone, who represents shore towns in Monmouth, issued a joint statement, warning that the economic consequences of an oil spill near our coastline would be catastrophic. That concern was echoed by a tweet from Rep. Frank LoBiondo who reps towns along many miles of South Jersey shoreline. At the other end of the state, Rep. Bill Pascrell, whose interior district fronts marshland and the Hudson, commented that the risks outweigh the benefits.

Gov. Christie, fleece-clad and reassuring, vaulted into the national mindset as the face of Sandy recovery – this, before New Jerseyans saw how incompetent at recovery his administration was to be. That’s less a concern to national GOP voters, they’re still grooving on his hollow image. But this move by the White House leaves Christie in a weird position. He’s spoken out against drilling off NJ’s shore in the past. But that was before. Now that he’s vying for the GOP nomination, coming out against Atlantic drilling might not sit so well with some people whose checks he craves for 2016.  

Menendez: I have a real problem believing in the credibility of BP

Continuing his rounds on MSNBC, Senator Menendez spoke the other day with Andrea Mitchell saying he has no faith in BP and they’re just involved in a public relations campaign at this point. He said he has a real problem believing the credibility. Menendez was critical of the MMS saying they couldn’t be the oil industry’s promoter and regulator at the same time:

They then talked about his call to have a moratorium on offshore drilling saying we shouldn’t permit 1 more lease until we know that this is something that should be pursued. Along the line of his comment on permit’s, I was sent this quote from a story in the National Law Journal:

“This case is about lax regulation by the Minerals Management Service,” said Earthjustice attorney David Guest in a statement. “It is actually easier to get a permit for an offshore oil well than for a hot dog stand.”

An added bonus to drilling off the coast: Chemical weapons

What do you think it would do for the tourism industry if people went to the beach and as a bonus got to play in the chemical weapons:

If New Jersey allows drilling for oil and natural gas off its coast, it may dredge up an ugly and dangerous past.

The U.S. Army has admitted to dumping 64 million pounds of chemical weapons into U.S. waters from World War I until the early 1970s.

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Chemical agents such as mustard gas, sarin gas, arsenic, cyanide and VX nerve gas were all dumped off the Atlantic Coast, raising questions about safety and the volatility of weapons in those dump sites.

Maybe we could make the dump sites a tourist attraction.  Follow me below the fold to find out what other surprises drilling might bring and who has been leading the push in NJ.

NJ Senators Block Drilling Near Jersey Shore

Senators Menendez and Lautenberg successfully blocked a measure earlier today that would have allowed drilling off of Virginia’s coast, as close as 100 miles from New Jersey’s coast. From Menendez’s press release:

An amendment to the pending energy bill sponsored by Sen. John Warner (R-VA) would have ended the Congressional moratorium on drilling off the coast of Virginia, which includes sites in close proximity to the Jersey Shore. Sen. Menendez rose on the Senate floor, first to offer an amendment to counter Warner’s, and then to force the Warner amendment to reach a higher 60-vote threshold for passage. Sen. Lautenberg joined Menendez in vehement opposition to the Warner amendment, which was defeated 43-44.

“Our state’s environment and economy should not be subject to other states? reckless plans,” said Sen. Menendez. “The scheme we defeated would not only pose short-term threats, but it could have led us down a slippery slope that ends in drilling up and down the east coast. This was an important victory for our state in the Senate today.”

“Imagine the devastation that an oil or natural gas spill off the coast of Virginia would cause, not just to our state, but to states up and down the east coast.  A spill could poison the Atlantic Ocean and damage our economy.  We couldn’t allow our coastline and our marine life to be endangered and are proud of our fight to defeat this amendment,” said Sen. Lautenberg.