February 2, 2018

Senator Jeff Van Drew released the following statement on the Department of the Interior’s plans to expand the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program

“I am strongly opposed to the Department of the Interior’s Draft Proposed Program (DPP), which would expand offshore drilling in the U.S. outer continental shelf.

We have seen how oil spills, like the Deepwater Horizon disaster, can wreak havoc on coastal communities and marine habitats. These types of disasters have been known to harm a state’s tourism and fishing industries. For an economically distressed region like South Jersey, an oil spill would be catastrophic and difficult to recover from.

We should not be exposing our coastal states to these potential risks. I ask the public to voice their concerns when the U.S. Department of the Interior begins taking public comments.”