Winning: Trump to open huge swaths of coastline for oil drilling


The plan announced Thursday for new drilling in almost all USA coastal waters is both environmental and economic folly - especially in California, where the tourist economy is worth $20 billion a year.

California 2nd District Rep. Jared Huffman said in a Thursday statement that Zinke's announcement "confirms that the Trump administration is hell-bent on trampling the public interest and further lining the pockets of Big Oil at the expense of clean air, clean water, and the health of the American people".

"Californians will never let this happen".

Industry groups have welcomed the plans, with Independent Petroleum Association of America SVP Dan Naatz saying: "Expanding access to additional offshore reserves allows the United States to better understand where production potential exists and where capital should be invested". Both are drilling critics, with Sanford noting Thursday that it "speaks very loudly" that all of the state's coastal municipalities oppose offshore energy exploration. We'll fight them in Congress, on the beaches, in the courts and at the ballot box.

"I don't know what we could do that would have any effect", he said.

Offshore drilling stocks, other oil and gas stocks and oil prices rose following the Trump news Thursday afternoon.

He said the Obama administration's five-year moratorium on offshore drilling and exploration in the Atlantic was a huge victory now set to be undone and a "serious threat". The Democratic governors of North Carolina and DE reiterated their opposition.

The decision, announced Thursday by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, will have the effect of reopening 90 {ed1200bddbc03902e1fcc2a87da27944790d59ab127710d2b088ca8caae8436e} of USA territorial waters to drilling on the high seas from 2019. Recently, the US Department of the Interior has also proposed to repeal some of the safe production provisions that were introduced following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil accident, which killed 11 people, and poured billion barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Taylor says Trump's proposal to permit drilling in most USA continental shelf waters, unveiled last week, didn't factor into his decision.

The move to drill in protected waters is the latest in a string of anti-environment measures taken by the Trump administration, the most dramatic of which was the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement. The repeal is supported by oil and gas industries and Nelson argues it's a giveaway to them.

Oil platforms like the one pictured here could be placed off Florida's coast under a new proposal from the Trump administration.

Other Maine Republicans are opposing the administration's offshore drilling plan.

The five-year plan expands drilling areas on most of the U.S. coast, covering an area of more than 4 million square kilometres.

But the plan faces a wave of bipartisan state opposition, led in part by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, who has said: "I'm not in favor of offshore drilling".

The Draft Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Programme would expand drilling to 90% of the U.S. outer continental shelf, including protected areas in the Arctic, the Pacific and the Atlantic.

For example, a 1972 federal coastal act gives California extensive input on federal actions along the coast, including the granting of federal oil leases.