Florida removed from recently announced oil and gas leasing programme


"I don't know why it's OK for Florida and not OK for OR", she said.

Susan Glickman, Florida director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said things looked a little too orchestrated when U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke traveled to Tallahassee to deliver the news to Scott that Florida would be removed from consideration. Refusing to keep protections in place for other states, who make exactly the same arguments as Scott, is going to be very hard for Zinke.

From Oregon to SC, governors and other leaders are publicly noting that Florida does not have a monopoly on picturesque coasts, tourist economies or local opposition to offshore drilling.

"It was the perception of visitors thinking the entire gulf coast was ruined, that we saw a dramatic decrease in our revenues that summer and it had a ripple effect through the entire economy", he said.

Environmentalist group Oceana said it hopes the White House hears complaints from other states - that might not have a GOP chief executive like Scott.

"With America more energy secure now than ever, Trump's fear-mongering and falsehoods about our country's energy supply reveal a shameless agenda to prop up oil and gas industries at the expense of coastal fishing, recreation economies and the environment", Wyden said. "Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks".

Zinke said there would be no new drilling or platforms, but seismic testing would be allowed, according to Politico.

Zinke's action is especially outrageous because Florida — unlike California, Washington and other states — did not expressly oppose the drilling proposal in written comments submitted to the Interior Department, Cantwell said.

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Zinke proposed vastly expanding offshore oil and natural gas drilling Thursday, stating most of the nation's outer continental shelf is being considered for drilling, including off the coasts of Maine, California, Florida and Alaska.

Why should the "local voice matter" only when it comes to Gov. Scott in FL?

The South Carolina Republican, who represents parts of the state's coast including Charleston, also said there may have been a personal motive for Trump behind the move.

Some lawmakers are saying the decision had to do with Scott running for Senate this year, challenging incumbent Sen.

In that same speech, Nelson also announced that he has filed new legislation to implement a permanent ban on drilling off of Florida's coast.

Zinke's decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling leaves the door open for other governors opposed to offshore oil and gas development to seek a similar prohibition for their states.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said Zinke's action "violates the legal standard of arbitrary and capricious agency action". Zinke also announced the exemption on Twitter.