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US officials to talk offshore drilling with Long Islanders

March 2, 2018

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — Officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior are heading to Long Island to hear from local residents about the federal proposal to open up new areas to offshore drilling.

U.S. House Rep. Lee Zeldin is hosting Friday’s public input session. The Long Island Republican opposes the Trump administration’s proposal to authorize new areas for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas.

Environmental groups and many residents on Long Island have complained that new fossil fuel extraction would pose a grave risk to the natural environment, local water quality, tourism and the economy.

Federal energy officials held a public open house on the proposal earlier this month in Albany. Similar meetings are being held in all coastal states. Officials say they will consider all input as they finalize the proposal.

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