A.839. Prohibits offshore oil and gas exploration, development, and production in State waters, and issuance of DEP permits and approvals for activities associated with offshore oil and gas activities.

New Jersey Assembly
Last action 8 months ago
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Summary

                    This bill would prohibit offshore oil or natural gas exploration, development, and production in State waters (i.e., within three miles offshore), and prohibit the leasing of tidal or submerged lands in State waters for the purposes of oil or natural gas exploration, development, or production. 

      Additionally, the bill would prohibit the DEP from issuing any permits and approvals for any development associated with offshore drilling in State waters or outside State waters.  The bill would also prohibit the DEP from permitting, approving, or otherwise authorizing any oil or natural gas exploration, development, or production in State waters, and from developing, adopting, or endorsing any plans for the exploration, development, or production of oil and natural gas in State waters.
                
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                          The bill directs the DEP to implement the provisions of the bill through the enforceable policies of the State, including, but not limited to, any rules and regulations adopted pursuant to R.S.12:5-3, commonly referred to as the “Waterfront Development Law.”  The bill also directs the DEP Commissioner to submit this bill, within 30 days after enactment into law, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the provisions of the federal “Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972” for incorporation into the enforceable policies of the approved State coastal management program. 

      Lastly, the bill would require the DEP to review any proposed oil or natural gas lease, license, permit, or plan for exploration, development, or production of oil and natural gas in the Atlantic region of the U.S. exclusive economic zone (i.e., within three miles offshore) to determine if the proposal can reasonably be expected to affect State waters, particularly in terms of proximity to State waters or to the Gulf Stream south of State waters.  Whenever such a review results in an affirmative finding, the commissioner would be required to advise the Governor thereof and take all actions necessary to initiate a consistency review under the federal “Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.” 
                

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Actions

  • Approved P.L.2018, c.7.

    Fri, Apr 20th 2018
  • Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (72-1-0)

    Thu, Apr 12th 2018
  • Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence

    Thu, Apr 5th 2018
  • Substituted for S258 (1R)

    Mon, Mar 26th 2018
  • Passed Senate (37-0)

    Mon, Mar 26th 2018
  • Reported out of Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading

    Mon, Mar 5th 2018
  • Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee

    Thu, Feb 22nd 2018
  • Passed Assembly (72-1-0)

    Thu, Feb 15th 2018
  • Reported out of Assembly Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading

    Thu, Feb 1st 2018
  • Introduced in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

    Tue, Jan 9th 2018