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Default N.J. Senators filibuster an offshore drilling bill

Clean Ocean Zone Supporters and COA Participating Organizations,

At a press conference this past Friday with US Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-6), US Senators Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Menendez (D-NJ) vowed to "filibuster" an offshore drilling bill in the Senate (see article below or attached). Please take a few minutes to commend the Senators for their continued opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling and to encourage them in the days ahead as they face drilling supporters in the Senate:

- Senator Robert Menendez: 202-224-4744, or send a message using the online form
- Senator Frank Lautenberg: 202-224-3224, or send a message using the online form

Also, for groups in New York, please contact US Senators Schumer and Clinton and urge them to oppose offshore oil & gas drilling. Ask them to support a potential fillibuster in the Senate, vowed by New Jersey's Senators Menendez and Lautenberg, on a bill that opens the coast to offshore drilling:

- Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY): 202-224-6542, or send a message using the online form
- Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY): 202-224-4451, or send a message using the online form

For the ocean,
Kari Jermansen
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Clean Ocean Action
PO Box 505, Sandy Hook
Highlands, NJ 07732

PH: 732-872-0111
Fax: 732-872-8041
www.cleanoceanaction.org

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N.J. lawmakers firmly oppose offshore drilling

Will fight proposal to open ocean to oil, gas exploration
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 07/15/06
BY CAROL GORGA WILLIAMS
COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU

LONG BRANCH ? With the rolling surf of Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park as a backdrop, the state's Democratic Congressional leadership pledged to continue to do exactly what they've been doing to block a Senate bill to allow offshore drilling.
U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, and Rep. Frank J. Pallone Jr., all D-N.J., also announced their strong opposition to legislation recently passed by the House of Representatives that would allow oil drilling off the coast of New Jersey.

They had the support of Lisa P. Jackson, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, Andrew Mencinsky, president of Surfers Environmental Alliance and Dena Mottola of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.
"A lot of times . . . we look like we're just crying wolf," Pallone said. "We're not crying wolf. This is real."
The House bill would open up a large area of the coast to oil and gas drilling and would lift all leasing bans beyond 100 miles from state shores. Between 50 and 100 miles, leasing would be allowed unless states seek to block it. States that want to keep drilling 100 miles off their own shores would have to pass legislation every five years.
On Thursday, Menendez and Lautenberg wrote to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, asking him to place a "hold" on the legislation. They have pledged to do the same to any other offshore drilling bill or amendment that opens New Jersey's coast to drilling ? forcing the Republicans to garner at least 60 votes in the Senate in order to pass any legislation, they said.
"I'm ready to talk all day and all night if I have to," said Menendez of a filibuster to block any oil drilling bill.
"I've seen what happens when the worst takes place," said Lautenberg, who was on site two days after the Exxon Valdez spilled its cargo in 1989.
"I would like to preserve the beaches, keep the environment as close to natural as we can," said Joan Gentile of Piscataway, who was a visitor to the Shore Friday. "I don't know if offshore drilling is the right way to go. If there is a spill, what would happen?"
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