Residents speak out against offshore drilling plan at marathon state hearing

A standing room-only crowd packed the legislative auditorium at the county center today for a hearing on the Trump administration’s plan to lease the outer continental shelf for oil and gas exploration and drilling.

More than 50 people — including local elected officials, a trustee of the Shinnecock Nation, environmental advocates and experts and commercial and recreational fishermen — testified at today’s hearing in opposition to the draft plan, which would open more than 90 percent of the country’s outer continental shelf to oil and gas exploration and drilling. The plan was announced by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Jan.4, implementing an executive order signed by President Donald Trump last year […]  Continue Reading…

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