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Cardin Lauds Effort to Permanently Block Oil and Gas Drilling on the Atlantic Coast

December 20th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, praised President Barack Obama’s action to permanently protect the Atlantic Coast from the threats of oil and gas drilling. The action under Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) comes shortly after Senator Cardin and a dozen of his colleagues urged the president to take this necessary step to preserve the fragile ecosystem and the economy of the Atlantic Coast.

 

“For years, I have strongly opposed plans to expand drilling operations off the Atlantic Coast. This final act should permanently end any and all misguided attempts to endanger the economic viability and environmental health of the region. Oil spills and the damage associated with seismic exploration do not respect state boundaries, making drilling anywhere on the Atlantic Coast a threat everywhere on the Atlantic Coast,” said Senator Cardin. “I thank President Obama for recognizing that repeated short-term measures to protect the Atlantic were not sufficient because the risks simply outweigh any potential benefits associated with drilling off the Atlantic Coast.”

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