Trump Administration Unveils Offshore Drilling Proposal

Trump Administration Unveils Offshore Drilling Proposal

Last week, the Trump administration announced that oil and gas companies could again begin work on more than a billion acres of ocean in the Arctic and off the Eastern Seaboard, reversing President Obama's ban.

President Donald Trump's administration has chose to exempt Florida from its risky decision to open nearly all of America's waters to offshore drilling.

Cooper, a Democrat, requested that North Carolina be exempted from last week's Interior Department proposal to open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to offshore drilling. Gov. Paul LePage is alone among East Coast governors in his supporter for Atlantic offshore drilling. "Where do we sign up for a waiver?"

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"Dear Secretary Zinke, California like Florida, has hundreds of miles of handsome coastline and a governor who wants to keep it that way". Otherwise, one could conclude that the exemption is only for states that supported Trump in 2016 - so-called red states - and have Republican governors.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke last week released a plan to open almost all waters off the nation's coastlines to oil and gas drilling, including a new lease sale off OR and Washington. Out of 26 planning areas for potential offshore exploration, only one (George's Banks) would remain off-limits.

"That's in comparison with the 94 percent that is now off limits, according to the administration". Zinke's plan reverses that process to give more handouts to the oil industry. The National Ocean Industries Association described the Interior secretary's announcement as "considering limiting areas offshore Florida".

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Instead, we need to accelerate efforts to kick our carbon habit, and get on with the hard, yet inevitable work of building a sustainable, low-carbon energy economy. "As a result of discussion with Governor [Scott] and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms".

In the shorter term, Cooper and other democrats face an uphill battle to convince Zinke to exempt North Carolina from the Trump Administration's drilling plan.

Seeking a similar exemption for California, the state's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, used some of Zinke's own words to tweet, "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".

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If this risky offshore plan moves ahead, we can expect decades of more catastrophic oil spills, hurricanes, floods, droughts and wildfires. It is worth noting that Nelson has been a steadfast opponent of offshore drilling here and across the country.

With states and environmentalists expected to strongly oppose and even sue, the timeline for the final program approval could be further pushed off, and it's possible that there will be no lease sales-let alone drilling-in the next few years. The governors of OR and Washington are expected to do the same.

Moriarty said bureau regulations say that if a lease is issued for a specific use, including wind or oil drilling, "we may consider a request for other uses, as long as those uses do not unreasonably interfere with the original leaseholder's enjoyment of its lease".

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"The secretary's tweet makes it likely, in our view, that subsequent drilling plans will remove Florida, but it raises an important question: How will Interior define 'Florida?'" Book said.

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