Trump administration says no oil drilling off Florida coast

Trump administration says no oil drilling off Florida coast

The Trump administration's announcement that as of 2019, it would allow drilling for oil and gas in 47 leased sites off the USA coast - including six sites off California - produced howls of outrage.

Gov. Jerry Brown pleaded California's case to prevent offshore drilling in a 20-minute phone call Friday with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to a summary of the call provided by Brown's office. Soon thereafter, the Interior Secretary had a discussion with Florida's Governor and took the offshore drilling expansion off the table for federal waters off the coast of Florida without any public hearings or input, stating: "I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver".

Brown previously criticized Zinke for the plan to resume drilling for oil and gas off the shores of the United States, saying it would endanger Oregon's coast.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied the administration gave special treatment to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, an ally of President Donald Trump who is considered a likely Senate candidate later this year. The plan was immediately met with bipartisan opposition on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. "Local voice matters", he insisted.

Governors and legal experts say that the drilling plan could be struck down if Zinke does not provide the same consideration to other states as he did to Florida. Rick Scott was the reason the change was made.

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Within hours of Zinke's announcement, asked to be exempt, too, including Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of NY.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat in a state that went to Trump in the 2016 race, said he wanted to meet with the president himself to explain how offshore drilling would threaten the state economy.

"I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts", Nelson on Tuesday.

In a letter sent to Secretary Zinke on Thursday, U.S. Senator Kamala. "I don't believe it", Nelson said in a statement.

Hockaday said Zinke agreed with concerns about the economic risks that offshore drilling could bring to OR, and committed to work with Brown and visit the state as part of a process to consider exempting OR from the offshore drilling plan. "We shouldn't be playing politics with the future of Florida".

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"We are outraged; this is absolutely unacceptable", she said of the drilling plan.

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.

Most Democrats oppose the plan.

These Senators strongly oppose the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan, which is bad for the environment and public health and could devastate coastal economies.

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