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Gov. Inslee demands Trump administration not drill off Washington coast

Gov. Inslee demands Trump administration not drill off Washington coast Gov. Inslee demands Trump administration not drill off Washington coast
Hannah Rogers | 14 January, 2018, 11:25

Gov. Rick Scott met with a member of President Donald Trump's administration and struck a deal to remove Florida from a list of states proposed for more offshore oil drilling. "Or is that not enough for blue states?" He asked if new maps would be issued showing areas excluded from consideration.

"We can not afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline in South Carolina", McMaster said. Nine of the 11 states that opposed the drilling order have gubernatorial races this year, and numerous most competitive contests for the House of Representatives will unfold in districts that touch coastline.

"Florida is obviously unique", Zinke said.

"We'd like a word in Virginia", Northam tweeted. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said.

"Our tactic was open everything up, then meet with the governors, meet with the stakeholders so that when we shaped it, it was right", he told reporters at a news conference Tuesday night.

"The secretary has said since day one that he is interested in the local voice". "Their criticism is empty pandering".

This means that ME communities, fishermen, and coastal residents could be exposed to significant new dangers from oil pollution.

Roy Cooper (D) wrote in a tweet.

"This is a political stunt orchestrated by the Trump administration to help Rick Scott", Nelson said in a statement. With the Florida decision, the Trump administration has shown that it may not use fair, reasonable metrics in its decision making. Is it about the governor wanting to run for the U.S. Senate or is it about President Trump wanting to protect Mar-a-Lago?

Florida was not among the states that requested exclusion from the drilling plan previous year, including California, Oregon, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington.

Environmentalist group Oceana said it hopes the White House hears complaints from other states - that might not have a GOP chief executive like Scott.

"Based on media reports, it is likely that the Department of the Interior will consider Florida as a potential state for offshore oil drilling - which is something I oppose in Florida".

Ralph Northam, Virginia's governor elect, also a Democrat, said he would like to "have a word" with Zinke about Florida's apparent special status.

The governors of NY and OR and the attorneys general of Maryland and California - all Democrats - were among those who called on Zinke to ban offshore drilling.

"Senator Nelson and anyone else who opposes oil drilling off Florida's coast should be happy the governor was able to secure this commitment. This is good policy for Florida", said John Tupps, a Scott spokesman.

But now it turns out, madam president, that that was just a political stunt because late yesterday, one day after officially publishing the plan in the federal register, Secretary Zinke flew to Florida, met with the governor of Florida for 20 minutes at the Tallahassee Airport, and suddenly announced that he had not chose to quote "take Florida off the table".

Questions about the legality of the Zinke's decision came as bipartisan opposition to the drilling plan mounted.

"It doesn't matter to me whether you're Republican or Democrat".

Zinke said last week that the department's draft National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Programme for 2019 to 2024 would make over 90 per cent of the outer continental shelf's total acreage available for leasing to drillers, a national record. "We've been clear: this would bring unacceptable risks to our economy, our environment, and our coastal communities".

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