New Jersey senators to fight OCS leasing off state

Two days after US Senate Republican leaders announced an offshore leasing compromise for the Gulf Coast, New Jersey’s senators said they would fight any effort to extend it to the Outer Continental Shelf off their state (OGJ Online, July 13, 2006).Democrats Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez said jointly July 14 that they would place a hold on and filibuster OCS reform legislation that won House approval June 29 or any bill containing similar provisions. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) made a similar threat soon after the bill, HR 4761, cleared the House by a 232-187 vote.It was not clear, however, if New Jersey’s senators would take similar actions against S. 2253, which is fo...

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