Legislation has been introduced to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic planning areas.
… the Secretary of the Interior shall not issue a lease for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Mid-Atlantic planning area or the North Atlantic planning area
The bill is cited as the ‘Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act’ or the `COAST Anti-Drilling Act’
The Senate bill was introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Frank R. Lautenbert (D-NJ)
The House bill was introduced by Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ); Albio Sires (D-NJ); James P. Moran (D-VA); Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ); and Kathy Castor (D-FL)