U.S. Secretary of Interior opposes expansion of domestic drilling offshore

09 May 2019 | 02:50

    This week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt agreed to indefinitely sideline its plans to allow offshore drilling along the Atlantic, including off New Jersey's coast. In an interview, Secretary Bernhardt claimed that opposition from state officials and adverse decisions blocking other efforts to expand domestic drilling caused him to postpone Interior’s plans to further expand offshore drilling. In response, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued the following statement:
    “I’ve said from day one that offshore drilling is bad law, bad policy, and bad for New Jersey. I am glad the Interior Department is finally listening and has agreed to indefinitely postpone drilling off New Jersey’s coast. This is a huge win for the state, for our residents, and for our pristine coastline. This is why we go to court: to protect New Jersey’s interests from the assault coming out of Washington. Today, we can breathe a sigh of relief. And here is my promise to the state: if the federal government tries to bring drilling to New Jersey’s shore ever again, I will fight back just as hard a second time.”