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Environmentalists Asking Lawmakers To Protect New York-New Jersey Shores From Offshore Drilling

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Offshore oil platforms are seen near Santa Barbara, CA - Jul 21, 2009 (credit: David McNew/Getty Images

Offshore oil platforms are seen near Santa Barbara, CA – Jul 21, 2009 (credit: David McNew/Getty Images

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JERSEY SHORE, NJ (WCBS 880) – Environmentalists are rallying in Washington, DC this weekend over a proposal to drill for oil and gas and create new sewage dump sites in the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s called the “New Jersey Bite,” a 19,000 square mile triangle of ocean from Montauk to Cape May.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports: Environmentalists Asking Lawmakers To Protect New York-New Jersey Shores

This weekend, environmentalists with Clean Ocean Action are in Washington, DC, lobbying Congress to create a clean ocean zone to prohibit new ocean dump sites and sewage outlets and to ban oil and gas drilling.

“Most republicans and democrats in New Jersey came together to vote against oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean,” attorney Shawn Dixon said last week. “However, a vast majority of the House passed a bill and so if a bill like that were to pass in the Senate, President Obama has said that he is not opposed to drilling in the Atlantic ocean.”

On Monday, 300 ocean advocates will take to Capitol Hill to voice concerns from all coasts.

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