Florida Exempted From White House Offshore Drilling Plan

Florida Exempted From White House Offshore Drilling Plan

Rick Scott voiced opposition soon after the plan's January 4 release, a letter submitted by the state Department of Environmental Protection a year ago did not oppose the drilling plan or ask for Florida to be exempted.

"As a result. I am removing Florida from consideration from any new oil and gas platforms".

Zinke's decision has led to extensive complaints by other coastal governors who have already staked out not-in-my-backyard opposition to expanding offshore drilling, often on the same tourism concerns Florida has.

A last-minute meeting at the Tallahassee Airport turned into a political victory for Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday when the Trump administration announced offshore drilling was "off the table" for the Sunshine State.

Meanwhile, as Governing notes, it's a little surprising that the Trump administration opted to make an exception for Florida - not just because of the backlash from other states but because of the potential profit in the eastern Gulf, right off Florida's coast.

Nelson explained why he never wants drilling off Florida's coast, citing the damage an oil spill in the Straits of Florida or in the Gulf Stream could have on the rest of Florida and the Atlantic coastal states.

"It would be a huge mistake to weaken these safety regulations and risk not only lives but catastrophic consequences to our environment", the letter states, adding, "We urge you to reject these ill-advised proposals".

Huckabee Sanders said that the "public comment" process was one in which "negotiations" would happen with state leadership.

That's the same Rick Scott who banned his state's employees from using the term "climate change", which is ironic because climate change will be the long-term result of the USA drilling and using more oil, causing sea level rises that will inundate more of Florida.


The congressman urged the administration to revoke its sweeping offshore drilling plan.

The Interior Department's new 2019-24 five-year plan could allow drilling in more than 90 percent of the outer continental shelf, which encompasses the areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.

There has been a lot of speculation over whether Scott will challenge Senator Nelson for his Senate seat.

One of the most outspoken opponents, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, won a reprieve from the order this week. "This is a big day for our state to get the secretary of the interior to say that they're not going to do offshore drilling, he should be happy", Governor Scott said.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., took to Twitter on Tuesday, questioning why Zinke has yet to respond to their concerns.

"I'm not aware of any political favor that that (Florida exemption) would have been part of, so, no", Sanders said.

Former White House ethics chief Walter Shaub was less coy with his speculation, slamming Zinke's decision to exempt Florida from the oil and gas program.

But Scott was an early Trump supporter.

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