Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

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

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

"If local voices matter why haven't they excluded Virginia?" asked Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called Trump's plan "a complete non-starter".

One of the most outspoken opponents, Florida's Scott - a vocal Trump backer who is seen as a possible top recruit for the state's U.S. Senate race later this year - won a reprieve from the order this week. Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, referring to a 1946 law governing major regulatory changes said that the Administrative Procedure Act constrains that an equitable reasoning behind agency decisions, and they can not be unpredictable and inconsistent.

Those who fretted that President Donald Trump's push for offshore drilling would mean oil rigs appearing off Northern California's pristine coastline apparently can set their worries aside.

"In this case Governor Deal can learn from our neighbors and send a clear message against drilling off Georgia coasts", she said.

In a letter to Zinke, Cooper added: "Coastal tourism generates $3 billion annually in North Carolina and supports more than 30,000 jobs in the eastern part of the state".

Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke granted such a waiver to Florida on Wednesday.

"I'm appreciative that the Secretary came to Tallahassee to sit down and talk about it", said Scott.

The state is also important economically, with a multibillion-dollar tourism business built on sunshine and miles of white sandy beaches. This means that ME communities, fishermen, and coastal residents could be exposed to significant new dangers from oil pollution.

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"Given that President Trump has been strongly encouraging Gov. Scott to run against Sen".

Northam's letter asked "that the same exemption be made for the Commonwealth of Virginia". Florida, Zinke said, was "unique", with its coasts "heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver".

But, he said he did not like how Scott apparently got the state waived from an otherwise all-encompassing federal drilling plan.

"Senator Nelson and anyone else who opposes oil drilling off Florida's coast should be happy the governor was able to secure this commitment". But the decision to do so will be neither durable nor fair if it comes by selectively ignoring the complaints of states in which the president does not identify a political or personal interest. This isn't about politics.

Sure, there was strong and immediate opposition from the governor of that state when the announcement was first made, and many Floridians were vocally against the decree by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "This is good policy for Florida", said John Tupps, a Scott spokesman.

Following is a statement from Lisa Pohlmann, executive director, Natural Resources Council of Maine, in response to the proposal to open Maine waters to drilling:The Trump Administration today released a unsafe five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean - including off the coast of Maine, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean.

In response, the Interior department released Thursday its new five-year offshore leasing plan (2019-2024) - one of the largest offshore oil leasing plans in the nation's history, and one that goes far beyond the current Obama five-year plan (which in itself was bad enough).

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said in a statement Wednesday that the drilling "would have been disastrous to Florida's economy, the environment, and, most importantly, to the readiness of America's armed forces".

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