NEW JERSEY - A Draft proposal in the House of Representatives would issue fines to coastal states like New Jersey that prohibit offshore drilling. Congressman Chris Smith issued the following statement:

“The proposal to fine coastal states like New Jersey for prohibiting offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling is absolutely wrong.

“By prohibiting any pipeline or other infrastructure that transports oil or natural gas from production facilities located in federal waters or other coastal state waters in the Atlantic Ocean through New Jersey State waters, and any land-based support facilities, the STOP Offshore Oil and Gas Act—signed by the Governor in Point Pleasant on April 20th—makes drilling now or into the future nearly impossible.

     “Seldom has any issue united the people of New Jersey, the congressional delegation, the State Legislature and local public officials as our opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling.”