What Trump is doing to allow oil drilling near N.J. beaches
Updated on July 3, 2017 at 3:51 PM Posted on July 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM
BY JONATHAN D. SALANT
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Interior Department said it will begin rewriting the five-year oil drilling plan that currently excludes the Atlantic Ocean.
The first stage is a request for comments, which was published Monday in the Federal Register and began a 45-day period for interested parties to weigh in. It will take two to three years to develop a new plan.
The action helps fulfill a pledge made by President Donald Trump to increase the production of fossil fuels such oil and coal, whose emissions contribute to rising temperatures. Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax.
"We're creating a new offshore oil and gas leasing program," Trump said Thursday at an event held at the U.S. Energy Department. "America will be allowed to access the vast energy wealth located right off our shores. And this is all just the beginning -- believe me. The golden era of American energy is now underway."
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