Is An Offshore Drilling Boom In The Cards?

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The governor's office said in a statement that he has "some concerns with opening up Georgia's pristine coastlines which he will convey to the congressional delegation".

"Suddenly Secretary Zinke announces plans to drill off Florida's coast and four days later agrees to 'take Florida off the table?' I don't believe it", Nelson said in a released statement.

Unless the Trump administration listens to other states with the same attention it gave Florida, it can expect lawsuits challenging its process for exempting one state but not others.

"The president made it very clear that local voices count", Zinke said, according to the Associated Press, adding, "we are not drilling off the coast of Florida, which clearly the governor has expressed that's important".

On Wednesday, Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, revealed that Florida would be exempt from the massive new drilling plan announced earlier in January, which vastly expands offshore areas for leasing to fossil fuel companies in the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.

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Environmentalist group Oceana said it hopes the White House hears complaints from other states - that might not have a GOP chief executive like Scott.

Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday announced his intention to request an exemption from the Trump administration's expansion of offshore drilling rights, similar to the one granted to the state of Florida. "Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks".

"If you look at the canals that have been built along Louisiana wetlands to transport oil there, they've led to the destruction of marshland", he said.

Following Zinke's announcement on Tuesday night, numerous governors, representatives, and attorneys general from states included in the proposed five-year plan argued that offshore drilling would negatively impact their coastlines and tourism industries.

Rooney said he will support legislation to turn a temporary moratorium on drilling in the eastern Gulf into a permanent ban. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican, have also pledged to seek exemptions for Virginia's coastal waters.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the plan would open up 90 percent of the country's outer continental shelf to oil and gas leasing, including an area off the coasts of OR and Washington.

Zinke said the decision was a culmination of multiple meetings between Scott and Trump administration officials.

The quick turnabout is seen as the Trump administration putting politics above policy - given that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican friendly with the president, is reportedly gearing up for a run against Sen.

Zinke has called the drilling plan part of "a new path for energy dominance in America".

Another big problem he said is the necessary onshore infrastructure that can also damage the environment.

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But in 2011, Scott walked his support of then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann after the Minnesota Republican proposed drilling for oil in Florida's Everglades.

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