Gov. Murphy Signs Bill to Protect Jersey Shore from Off-Shore Drilling

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Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that will essentially protect the Jersey shore from off-shore drilling.

On Friday, April 20th, Murphy signed a measure that prohibits oil and natural gas drilling in state waters, and prevents infrastructures like pipelines that could support drilling in more distant federal waters from being built in the state.

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New Jersey is one of the numerous coastal states using state-level laws to try to prevent President Donald Trump's proposal to allow drilling in federal waters more than three miles offshore along most of America's coastline.

Murphy signed the bill on the anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and stated this new law will help protect the Jersey shore from a similar catastrophe.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assembly members Bruce Land, Bob Andrzejczak, and Vincent Mazzeo.

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