The Latest: Governor tells Trump, 'You will not drill'

Associated Press |

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on complaints about offshore oil and gas drilling hearings (all times local):

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has a message for President Donald Trump: "You will not drill off our precious shores! No way!"

The Democratic governor issued the message to the Republican president Wednesday while addressing an environmental rally by video link before a U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meeting.

Opponents of Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have staged boisterous rallies before the bureau's public meetings because the public isn't allowed to speak at the meetings. The bureau allows people to comment online or hand in written comments but won't allow them to get up at a microphone.

Trump's decision on oil and gas drilling has horrified environmentalists. But energy groups and some business organizations support it.

Opponents of President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have held boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic.

That's because the public cannot speak to the assembled attendees at the meetings. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is meeting one-on-one with interested parties and allows people to comment online.

Because drilling opponents can't address the room, they've been holding their own meetings. The latest will take place on Wednesday in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Cindy Zipf (ZIFF) of New Jersey's Clean Ocean Action says she understands it's uncomfortable to have to defend a bad idea, but adds, "That's democracy."

The bureau says its chosen format is more effective than formal oral testimony.

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