NY, NJ want Trump administration to exempt states from offshore drilling

NY, NJ want Trump administration to exempt states from offshore drilling

The Democrat said he fears yesterday's announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, delivered after a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott in Tallahassee, could "discourage Floridians from commenting on the proposal that was published just this Monday, the one that opened up Florida's entire coastline to drilling". He posted a statement on Twitter that said, "I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts". "We are deeply dependent on tourism, and if we lose that we pack our bags and we go someplace else". Does it mean both coasts of Florida?

It opens up more than 90% of the national outer continental shelf (OCS) for development - making more than 98% of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in federal offshore areas available to private companies. Bill Nelson said he believes the sudden change of decision should not be credited to Governor Scott.

Zinke's announcement, made after a meeting with Florida Gov.

Scott is a political ally of President Donald Trump, who happens to own beachfront property in Florida.

During his 20 minute address, Nelson announced he has sent a letter to Sec.

Another big problem he said is the necessary onshore infrastructure that can also damage the environment. Half of it? 125 miles off the coast?

GOP Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire told reporters "of course" he opposed drilling off the New Hampshire coast.

Rooney said that Florida should be exempted from any plans to expand drilling due to its tourism based economy and the military training that takes place in its waters.


Acting at the behest of President Donald Trump, Zinke proposed opening most of the area off the USA coasts to oil drilling, including the Atlantic coast that now is off limits through at least 2022.

Also blasting the five-year plan - set for 2019-2024 - is Sierra Club Florida Director Frank Jackalone.

"Secretary Zinke flew to Florida, met with the governor of Florida for 20 minutes at the Tallahassee Airport, and suddenly announced that he has now chose to 'take Florida off the table.' Sounds like a political stunt", Sen.

Meanwhile, as Governing notes, it's a little surprising that the Trump administration opted to make an exception for Florida - not just because of the backlash from other states but because of the potential profit in the eastern Gulf, right off Florida's coast. "He has consistently been opposed to it". Why should Scott's be the only one heeded?

Like Florida, Maine is heavily dependent on tourism, an industry that reportedly saw $6 billion in revenue in 2016. "This is not about politics, it's about policy and so this is a good day for our state".

Early on Wednesday, Newsom punched out a couple of tweets directed at Zinke that appeared to highlight that the Interior Secretary is a flaming partisan hypocrite hell-bent on fulfilling the Trump mandate to punish blue states, regardless of the appearance of flaming partisan hypocrisy.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she and her two neighboring West Coast governors "are united in our opposition to this move by the president".

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