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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

BREAKING: NY waterways are at risk

February 8, 2018
Louise Line
February 8, 2018

The current administration recently announced greatly expanded drilling through the “largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history,” including waters off New York. I believe this plan raises the likelihood of oil spills, increases exposure to toxic chemicals used in offshore drilling operations, and threatens our coastal economy.

That’s why I’m leading a bipartisan and bicameral effort with Senator Gillibrand to request that New York State be exempted from consideration from this plan. New York’s nearly-2,000 miles of tidal coastline are essential to supporting industries like tourism, shipping, construction, and more. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, our state has the third largest ocean economy with 20,894 businesses, employing more than 350,000 workers, paying over $11 billion in wages, and contributing over $24 billion to the state’s gross domestic product.

The State of Florida recently received such an exception after its Republican governor wrote and asked for one from Secretary Zinke. I am doing the same now, because New York deserves the same exemption from this proposal. Political affiliation should not determine the future of our coastline or our state’s environment.

I believe the threats the president’s plan poses on our coastal industries, public health, and natural resources are unacceptable and should not be ignored. I’ll continue fighting to exempt New York from what I believe will be economic and environmental degradation at the hands of this administration.