Ryan Zinke removes Florida from offshore drilling plan

Ryan Zinke removes Florida from offshore drilling plan

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday he is seeking an exemption from the Trump administration's expansion of offshore drilling, a move that will test the relationship between the president and one of his earliest supporters.

"I don't mind opening up drilling if states can opt out", Graham said Wednesday, adding that he would "follow [McMaster's] lead" on the matter.

Environment North Carolina denounced the plan, which would open vast new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling. That includes Georgia's roughly 100 miles of coastline. And when the Interior Department announced its proposal to vastly expand offshore drilling, he quickly criticized it and said he would talk to Zinke personally to try to straighten things out. If we know the potential for spills could hurt Florida's economy, why isn't this a consideration for other coastal areas?

Secretary Zinke met with Scott at an airport in Tallahassee on Tuesday, and in a press conference afterwards he announced that Florida would no longer be included in the draft lease plan.

The argument that offshore oil and gas exploration harms tourism is the same one that has been made by dozens of coastal North Carolina communities.

"As a result of our interest in making sure that there's no drilling here, Florida will be taken off the table, "Scott said January 9th, after meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Tallahassee". But he hasn't responded, Brown said, so she has resorted to Twitter.

Yeah, totally unique. It's not like there's a thriving tourism business in coastal cities like Charleston or Savannah or Hilton Head.

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman, whose beachside town was ravaged by storms a year ago, joined the chorus of local officials who urged Deal to appeal to Trump's White House for an exemption. "Our tourism industry and glorious natural resources are beyond compare in the United States, they are a source of enormous economic growth and prosperity and we can not take a chance with those resources, those industries, and that economy".

Meanwhile, up the coast in Washington, Republican Reps.

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 secretary's tweet makes it likely, in our view, that subsequent drilling plans will remove Florida, but it raises an important question: How will Interior define 'Florida?'" Book said. "There is simply no safe way to drill", said Jennette Gayer, executive director of Environment Georgia.

Dare County Commissioners Chairman Woodard, however, pushed back against claims of widespread voter support for more offshore drilling, calling them "absurd". "The president has tasked me to develop an energy policy offshore but also taking into consideration local and state interests".

"There's a lot of due diligence to do", Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson signed the Senate's version of the letter. Sen. "I just did my State of the State [address], I'm working on making sure this is a state everybody wants to live", Scott said. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in 2018, he is expected to jump into the race. "Until Interior says differently, we're in the middle of an administrative process, and that's how we're going to treat it". "But I believe the fact that he has the ear of the President....at the end of the day it's good for the Democrat and good for the Republican".

The Interior Department has months to decide - and its formal answer could be far from the big drilling blockade Zinke's Tuesday tweet conjured up.

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