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Trump administration proposes new offshore drilling plan

Trump administration proposes new offshore drilling plan

"Brown asked for the same consideration Florida recently received and noted broad opposition from Republicans, Democrats and independents across the state to any expansion of oil and gas drilling off of the California coast", according to the summary of the call.

"Offshore drilling decisions in the United States are, by law, supposed to be guided by science, public input, and a careful balancing of environmental and energy needs", he said.

Oregon's Governor Kate Brown has also spoken out against opening up the Oregon Coast for offshore drilling and has requested that Secretary Zinke give Oregon the same exemption that was granted to Florida.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Governor-elect Ralph Northam today requested that Virginia be excluded from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's plans to expand offshore drilling off of all U.S. waters.

Brown reportedly asked for Zinke to give OR the same treatment as Florida.

Before the Florida decision, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a call for any legal claims, actions or suits against the federal government to prevent drilling off the state's coast.

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"Tourism and recreation along the DE coastline account for billions in economic activity each year, and support tens of thousands of jobs", Governor John Carney of DE, a Democrat, said in a Twitter post Wednesday morning. "For Floridians, we are not drilling off the coast of Florida, and clearly the governor has expressed that it's important". "Secretary Zinke did not provide that commitment, unfortunately". Bob Mendez, D-N.J., said his state too wanted concessions from Zinke, saying New Jersey, like Florida, also relied heavily on coastal tourism and fishing for a source of revenue. Scott is an ally of President Trump, and the state is also home to Trump's winter resort at Mar-a-Lago.

These Senators strongly oppose the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan, which is harmful to the environment and public health, and could devastate coastal economies.

The Trump administration's plan would open 90 percent of the nation's offshore reserves to development by private companies.

Most Democrats oppose the plan.

McMaster, one of Trump's earliest supporters, told reporters that risks associated with drilling pose a serious threat to South Carolina's lush coastline and $20 billion tourism industry.