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Trump administration proposes new offshore drilling plan

Trump administration proposes new offshore drilling plan”

The Trump Administration has removed Florida from the states that is projected to allow offshore drilling.

The proposal was criticized further when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pulled Florida from consideration after a brief meeting with Florida Gov. The request follows Secretary Zinke's announcement that Florida will be exempted from the plan.

Almost every governor of states on the East and West coasts have demanded to be exempted from the proposal after Zinke granted an exemption to Florida this week over economic and environmental concerns following a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott (R).

In a posting on his Facebook page, Sen. Initially the Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in almost all of the United States' coastal waters, but then announced it has dropped plans to open up the waters off the coast of Florida, following fierce opposition by Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott.

"We urge you to honor the commitment of this Administration by listening to the local and state voices that we represent and to respect their overwhelming opposition to oil and gas drilling off our coasts". Menendez asked. "Will having three Trump golf courses help?" "Offshore drilling holds the same risks for North Carolina as it does for Florida and North Carolina deserves the same exemption".

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.

These Senators strongly oppose the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan, which is harmful to the environment and public health, and could devastate coastal economies. "[Ryan] Zinke a number of times, met with him", said Scott.

Jack Gerard, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry's main lobbying group, said Zinke's decision to exempt Florida was premature. "I look forward to the many benefits Louisiana and other coastal states will see from this all-of-the-above energy strategy".

Hurricane Harvey hit the southern coast of Texas in late August, knocking out much of the regional refineries. But by moving forward with a new offshore leasing proposal, the administration is seemingly sidelining the concerns of those who spoke out against offshore drilling as part of the current five-year plan. The agency must first take public comments on the proposal for 60 days, revise it, release the new proposal, and then finalize it.

"The entire process usually takes two or three years", Hayes told Inside Climate News.



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