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The Department of the Interior is proposing to open nearly all of the nation’s coastline to exploratory drilling for oil and gas. The feds held an open house in Augusta Wednesday to collect public comment, which was largely in firm opposition.

CONCORD, N.H. - Opponents of the Trump administration's proposal to expand offshore drilling say it poses a grave threat to New Hampshire's marine ecosystem and economy.
 
Federal officials will be in northern New England this week to meet with the public about the possibility of searching for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf. Ahead of Monday's meeting in New Hampshire, opponents held a news conference in Concord featuring seacoast-area lawmakers and several conservation groups.
 

A series of hearings on plans to open New England and most of the nation's coastline to offshore drilling will be postponed because of the U.S. government shutdown.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is rescheduling this week’s meetings in Maine, New Hampshire, Boston and Providence while some of its funding is suspended and employees are furloughed. The hearing in Hartford, Connecticut, is still set for February.