Interior opens up offshore drilling, Inslee plans fight

Interior opens up offshore drilling, Inslee plans fight

In addition to Florida, the states of Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, California, Oregon, and Washington have all opposed this plan for new leases off their coasts. Providing all of our states with the same exemption from risky offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm's way. In his written statement, Zinke described Scott as a "straightforward leader that can be trusted".

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) also wondered if Zinke planned to listen to voices in her state.

"This political decision to open the magnificent and handsome Pacific Coast waters to oil and gas drilling flies in the face of decades of strong opposition on the part of Washington, Oregon and California - from Republicans and Democrats alike", they said in a joint statement.

When asked what caused the administration to change its position on Florida drilling, Zinke said bluntly, "The governor".

"It's a good day for Florida", he said, adding, "I think it's very important to continue our efforts to take care of our environment". Then just a few days later, they gave swing state Florida a special exception from the unpopular drilling plan, crediting Gov. Rick Scott, R, who may run for Senate this year, for securing the dispensation. The request follows Secretary Zinke's announcement that Florida will be exempted from the plan. "We shouldn't be playing politics with the future of FL".

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Zinke said last week that the drilling plan called for responsible development that would boost jobs and economic security while providing billions of dollars to fund conservation along USA coastlines. In the Pacific Northwest region, an Interior Department map denoted a strip of ocean close by Washington's coast as places where oil was most likely to be found.

The Trump administration's plan would open 90 percent of the nation's offshore reserves to development by private companies.

The Trump administration released last week to open almost all USA waters, including huge swaths of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, to oil exploration - a move that drew outrage from both Democrats and Republicans.

A coalition of more than 60 environmental groups denounced the plan, saying it would impose "severe and unacceptable harm" to America's oceans, coastal economies, public health and marine life.

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