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No governor should. Will the Trump administration support one and oppose the others?

The outer continental shelf includes waters that are from 3 nautical miles from the coast to beyond 200 miles, the federal agency said.

The administration was well aware that not all the areas being opened the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) will be areas in which drilling will take place.

"As a result of discussion with Governor Scott's and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms", Secretary Zinke said in a statement posted on Twitter. "All states have different concerns and needs which is why this is an ongoing process with a built-in 60-day comment period".

The governors of Delaware, North Carolina, and SC on Tuesday were seeking meetings with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to press their case that drilling would pose significant risks to coastal tourism, while other state representatives issued sharply-worded Tweets.

Authorities in many coastal states say they want Florida's deal. Just last week (Dec. 29, 2017) the Interior department proposed to amend the 2016 offshore production safety system rule in order to "reduce certain unnecessary regulatory burdens".

ALLEN: A spokesman for Zinke says there will be many opportunities for public comment on the offshore drilling plan and that governors of other states are invited to submit requests to discuss the issue. "They've set the precedent in Florida and we'll try to get" the exemption, Brown told a press conference Wednesday, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The Interior Department did not respond to requests for a response.

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"I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coast is heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver", the secretary said. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, who released statements Thursday asking Zinke to remove Washington's offshore waters from new oil and gas exploration. The decision to exclude Florida also has prompted other coastal states to ask the Trump administration for equal treatment. He is graded at 100 percent on his environmental voting record by conservation groups.

"Quite frankly, Gov. Scott called me and [also] expressed in writing a desire to have a meeting", he said.

Democratic governors along both coasts unanimously oppose coastal drilling, as have a number of Republican governors, including Maryland's Gov. Larry Hogan, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Gov. Charles Baker of MA. Cooper, a Democrat, and McMaster, a Republican, have each requested a meeting with Zinke.

Inslee joins a growing list of governors (California, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, and North and South Carolina) who are outraged by the offshore drilling expansion.

Lest you think that only Democrats have a beef with the Trump admiration think again.

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.

Just two years ago, facing pressure from communities, businesses and associations, and political leaders across the South and the political spectrum, the Obama administration scrapped a controversial plan to open the Southeast Atlantic coast to industrial oil and gas development for the first time.

"Opening the Atlantic to seismic testing and drilling jeopardizes our coastal businesses, fishing communities, tourism, and our national security", the letter said.


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