Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

The Trump Administration Will Not Allow Drilling Off the Florida Coast

The Trump Administration Will Not Allow Drilling Off the Florida Coast

For example, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, an ally of President Trump, doesn't want the waters off Florida's coastline to be part of the administration's plan.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), a Trump ally, said he had "already asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration". "As a result of today's discussion and Governor Scott's leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms". Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport that drilling would be "off the table" when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

"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 Trump administration's decision to exclude Florida from the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling is drawing both clapping hands and raised eyebrows. "But there's places where resources are sensitive, and there's places where we're not going to go forward with [drilling for oil] and one of them is off the coast of Florida".

"This draft proposal is an ill-advised effort to circumvent public and scientific input, and we object to sacrificing public trust, community safety, and economic security for the interests of the oil industry", the 36 senators wrote to Zinke.

"Securing reliable sources of energy helps fuel other industries like tourism, especially in states like Florida that relies on more than 200 million barrels of gasoline and diesel each year to fuel its economy".

But Gross is concerned that Florida's Republican governor opposed the drilling proposal as a matter of political expedience.

Zinke said administration officials will talk with the governors of states opposed to offshore drilling.

That voice is expressed just as clearly by Cooper, McMaster and many other governors as it was by Scott. The state is also exploring legal options to prevent offshore drilling.

The Interior Department's new 2019-24 five-year plan could allow drilling in more than 90 percent of the outer continental shelf, which encompasses the areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. "I don't believe it", Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson said in a statement.

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

The American Petroleum Institute, the top oil and gas lobbying group, also questioned Zinke's action — but from the other direction.

Democrats and environmentalists have accused Zinke of making a purely political calculation in order to bolster Scott, who may run for a US Senate seat now held by Bill Nelson, a Democrat.

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