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The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is expected to release a new plan in the coming weeks that opens the coasts of Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina to oil and gas exploration. Under a draft of the plan, companies could lease portions of the ocean floor about 50 miles offshore beginning in 2017....
Booker, Menendez and Pallone said they remain unconvinced, as do the more than 100 people who joined them on the Asbury Park boardwalk on Sunday to protest offshore drilling.
A spill "will impact the entire East Coast," said Pallone. "It spreads. ... The entire Atlantic has to be off limits."
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