Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to consider exempting OR from the Trump administration's offshore drilling plan after speaking with Gov. Kate Brown, her office said Friday. Now governors and lawmakers from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington and other states are asking why only Florida is being exempted.
Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Thursday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in USA coastal waters. "Bonita Springs prides itself on our handsome shorelines that we work to protect every day".
Republican is among those opposing the Trump administration's plan to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the oceans. "This decision will help protect the millions of families and businesses that depend on visitors from across the globe continuing to come to Florida". The governor's spokesman said the secretary agreed to visit the state as part of his consideration. "Wonder why." Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., tweeted. Zinke spoke with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday. "Or is that not enough for blue states?" We stand ready to provide any additional information about our coastline's pristine natural beauty and the economic backbone it provides for communities.
Zinke said the administration acquiesced to a request from Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
And Florida is where Trump has a winter home in Palm Beach. Scott is an ally of President Trump, and the state is also home to Trump's winter resort at Mar-a-Lago. It also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Florida to ME, where drilling has been blocked for many years.
Asked about the plan, said Friday, "Of course I oppose drilling off of New Hampshire's coastline".
The five-year plan announced by Zinke would open 90 percent of the nation's offshore reserves to development by private companies.
Environmental groups also questioned Zinke's motivations.