Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

After Florida, more states press for offshore drilling exemptions

After Florida, more states press for offshore drilling exemptions

The proposal comes nine months after President Donald Trump singed an executive order to open areas that are now protected by the five-year oil and gas leasing program finalized by the Obama administration in November of 2016.

Last week, the Trump Administration announced a controversial plan to dramatically expand drilling leases across 90 percent of the US outer continental shelf, including the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and parts of the Arctic Ocean.

A spokesman for Brown told The Associated Press that Zinke is now deliberating on the request after Brown initiated a phone call with the secretary on Friday. Alaska and ME are the only two USA states whose governors have expressed support for the plan.

"Democrats have argued that Trump and Zinke were being hypocritical by agreeing to a request by Florida's Republican governor to withdraw from the drilling plan, but not making the same accommodation to states with Democratic governors". "There has been no drilling off the Pacific Coast for three decades".

"Tourism and recreation along the DE coastline account for billions in economic activity each year, and support tens of thousands of jobs", Governor John Carney of DE, a Democrat, said in a Twitter post Wednesday morning.

An Interior Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the department would address the requests.

Governors and legal experts say that the drilling plan could be struck down if Zinke does not provide the same consideration to other states as he did to Florida. Both met at the Tallahassee International Airport on Tuesday.

Governor-elect Ralph Northam Thursday requested an exemption to the Trump administration's plan to allow offshore drilling in almost all of United States coastal waters. Of Scott, Zinke said in his announcement that he is a "straightforward leader that can be trusted".

"It seems incredibly hard to justify or explain that this is anything other than arbitrary or capricious", said Weaver.

But at least one long-time critic of offshore drilling in the state, Democrat Sen.

With Florida going to Trump in the race, and with the governor's senate ambitions, Nelson added that Zinke's move smacked of political favor. A source with knowledge of the matter said Cooper was also trying to arrange an immediate meeting with Zinke.

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