- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez are among 14 legislators who have called for President Barack Obama to ban drilling off the Atlantic Coast in any areas that have not already been leased.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/2dO72nD ) the two New Jersey Democrats signed a letter requesting the ban that was sent to Obama on Thursday along with fellow like-minded senators.

The letter also asked that Obama use his executive power to make the Arctic Ocean off-limits to oil drilling.

The senators say drilling in waters off the East Coast threaten fishing and tourism - key economic drivers for coastal states - because of the risk of a spill.

In New Jersey, the fishing industry adds $7.9 billion a year to the state’s economy while tourism generates $43 billion annually.


Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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