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OR governor says Zinke considering exempting state from offshore drilling plan

OR governor says Zinke considering exempting state from offshore drilling plan

In a letter sent to Secretary Zinke, Merkley and Wyden, along with 20 of their colleagues, requested that OR and other affected states be given the same treatment that the Trump Administration gave Florida and be immediately exempted from any new offshore oil OR gas leases.

"We invite you to personally visit New Jersey prior to the issuance of the Proposed Program, to learn firsthand about how offshore drilling would harm our communities and our economy", the invitation read.

The Trump administration last week said it meant to, including huge swaths of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, to oil exploration.

Sensing an opening, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) on Wednesday requested the same consideration from the Trump administration, noting that his state relied on a $20 billion tourism industry that spanned hundreds of miles on marsh coast.

According to Matt Lee-Ashley, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress and former deputy chief of staff in Obama's Interior Department, Zinke's Twitter announcement that Florida will be exempt undermines the process of the drafting of the final drilling plan.

The move left Democratic governors wondering how that logic would impact their states.

Oil drilling has been banned within 125 miles of Florida's gulf coast since 2006. "Where do we sign up for a waiver [Secretary Zinke]?" "Brown asked for the same consideration for Oregon's "people's coast" as was given Florida", Hockaday said.

Indonesia lays groundwork for local control of Freeport's Grasberg mine
Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Inalum's chief executive, said the company will raise funds for the acquisition, but didn't elaborate. Disagreement on the valuation of Grasberg may hold up a deal, analysts have said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied the administration gave special treatment to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, an ally of President Donald Trump who is considered a likely Senate candidate later this year.

For now, Zinke appears to have tuned out pleas from leaders in blue states.

"Taking #Florida off the table for offshore drilling but not #California violates the legal standard of arbitrary and capricious agency action", Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), an attorney, tweeted.

The president's comments immediately sparked outrage, especially from critics in Florida, which is home to more Haiti-born residents than any other state. "I believe courts will strike this down".

"I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts", Nelson on Tuesday.

"We put effort into making sure we have the most pristine environment in the world", said Scott.

The Senator suggests if Virginia is told "no", would it be because both Governor McAullife and Governor-elect Northam are Democrats and Florida Governor Rick Scott is Republican?


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