OR governor says Zinke considering exempting state from offshore drilling plan


A group of U.S. Senators representing coastal states is telling the Trump Administration that they don't want oil and gas drilling off their coasts, and are demanding the same respect for their states that was recently given to Florida, which was granted a special exemption by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Rick Scott was the reason the change was made.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said on Twitter that his state, "like Florida, has hundreds of miles of handsome coastline and a governor who wants to keep it that way".

"Not only that, but 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". We stand ready to provide any additional information about our coastline's pristine natural beauty and the economic backbone it provides for communities.

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington said there is nothing unique about Florida except "there's a Republican governor in trouble running for the Senate".

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The state is also important economically, with a multibillion-dollar tourism business built on sunshine and miles of white sandy beaches.

In the statement on your decision to remove Florida, you indicated that President Trump had directed you to reestablish our country's offshore oil and gas leasing program in a way that "takes into consideration the local and state voice". Trump spent his Christmas and New Year's break at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Asked about the plan, said Friday, "Of course I oppose drilling off of New Hampshire's coastline". The plan was immediately met with bipartisan opposition on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Mayor of Bonita Springs Peter Simmons said, "I applaud Governor Scott for opposing drilling along our beaches and fighting for environmental preservation across the state of Florida".