Governor office: Zinke to reconsider drilling off Oregon


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

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

"California is also "unique" & our "coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.' Our 'local and state voice" is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra tweeted, referencing Zinke's own statement.

Brown asked for the same consideration for the Oregon Coast as was given Florida, which was exempted from the offshore drilling plan after the Republican governor there complained.

Shortly after the announcement, a bipartisan group of governors from states such as New York, Oregon and SC all asked publicly for their own special exceptions. There is, however, one big difference between Florida and California: The Trump administration wants Scott to run for the Florida Senate seat now held by Democrat Bill Nelson.

"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. "Local voice matters", he insisted.

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It took approximately no time for leaders in other drilling-skeptical states to call Zinke on his words. Rick Scott was the reason the change was made.

"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". Providing all of our states with the same exemption from unsafe offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm's way.

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).

Cynicism has always been a part of politics, but rarely are politicians so brazen and self-serving as President Donald Trump and his interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, have been over the past week. "I believe courts will strike this down".

Zinke's decision to change course came just five days after the Trump administration announced a five-year offshore drilling plan that would open 90 percent of the nation's offshore reserves to development by private companies.

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. Currently, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has proposed a single public meeting to take place in Richmond, almost 100 miles from the coastal communities that will feel the impacts of the plan most.