[Cape May Court House, NJ]— The Department of Interior is backtracking on their offshore oil plans in response to a federal judge’s ruling last month which confirmed that an Obama-era ban on drilling must be upheld until Congress passes legislation that says otherwise.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced Thursday, April 25 a plan to indefinitely postpone their proposal. Since its inception the Trump Administration’s plan to open wide swaths of ocean to offshore oil and gas, has been met with strong bipartisan and grass-roots opposition.
According to Vicki Clark, President of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, “Here in Cape May County, our local business community, private citizens, local and county government officials, and members of our state legislature have been working together to ensure our opposition has been heard in DC. Cape May County relies on a flourishing tourism, seafood, and coastal economy. Until this plan to open the Atlantic Ocean to offshore oil and gas is dead in the water, we will continue our fight. The announcement from Secretary Bernhardt is only a temporary reprieve from the threat of offshore oil and gas disasters. While we celebrate this victory, we will continue our efforts to ensure full protection of the Atlantic Coast.