Florida Waters No Longer Off-shore Drilling Site, Benefits Bay County Economy

Beth Cruz
January 14, 2018

"President Trump has directed me to rebuild our offshore oil and gas program in a manner that supports our national energy policy and also takes into consideration the local and state voice", Zinke said.

"For Floridians we are not drilling off the coast of Florida, which clearly the governor has expressed that's important", Zinke said this week after meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott. As News Talk, Florida reported the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to remove Florida's waters from consideration for offshore drilling.

Critics of the Trump administration's decision to exclude Florida from its offshore drilling plan say it has little to do with protecting the state's environment, and more to do with Gov. Rick Scott's political ambitions.

President Trump's proposal to massively expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts drew criticism from liberals and conservatives alike, who warn that such operations at sea could expose coastal areas to the risks of blowouts, explosions, catastrophic spills and seismic blasting.

"The Trump Administration, through their decision on Florida, has admitted that offshore drilling is a threat to coastal economies and tourism", Cooper said in a statement after the Florida exemption was announced. "We shouldn't be playing politics with the future of Florida".

In announcing the exemption for Florida on Tuesday, Zinke called Scott "a straightforward leader that can be trusted".

In addition to Florida's Scott, the Republican governors of South Carolina, Maryland, New Hampshire and New Jersey are all against opening the Atlantic to drilling, too, as are the Democratic governors of North Carolina, Delaware and Virginia.

"President Trump's offshore drilling plan is unprecedented and will face major opposition from Mainers at its first public hearing on January 22", First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The letter follows Northam's previous statement condemning the Trump administration's drilling proposal.

Republicans from Trump on down have spent more than a year pushing Scott, a self-funding billionaire and close Trump ally, to run against Sen. In a press release last week, he said oil and gas drilling would have vast financial benefits, providing "billions of dollars to fund the conservation of our coastlines, public lands and parks".

President Donald Trump's administration has proposed opening up almost all of America's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling.

In his first campaign for governor in 2010, Scott called for Florida's offshore drilling moratorium to be lifted, according to Politifact.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra used some of Zinke's statement regarding Florida to make his point on Twitter.

The Trump administration chose to exempt Florida from new plans to open up the United States to more offshore drilling.

Florida Republicans and Democrats - including Nelson - criticized the possibility that Florida's waters could be opened to drilling.

The new plan, and Florida's exemption, was blasted by lawmakers of both parties in coastal states.

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