The New York State Legislature approved a bill to ban offshore drilling Tuesday.
The bill amends the Environmental Conservation Law to prohibit offshore oil and gas production. It would prevent the state Department of Environmental Conservation from leasing state-owned underwater coastal areas for drilling and also stop the Office of General Services from authorizing leases that would increase oil or natural gas production in federal waters. READ
After hearing a presentation on the potential dangers of offshore drilling on the North Fork, Southold Town officials are considering a resolution opposing it.
A representative from Oceana, an international ocean conservation advocacy group, presented its findings about the risks of offshore drilling, including potential harm to local jobs and tourist attractions, during Tuesday’s Town Board work session. READ
Congressman Lee Zeldin was joined by other East End officials for a press conference Friday denouncing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s plan to make 90 percent of the nation’s outer continental shelf open to oil and gas drilling. READ