Monday, 22 January, 2018

Northam requests Virginia exemption from Trump administration offshore drilling plan

Flickr; Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley  Wikipedia Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in “Assault” on Biodiversity and Coastal & Indigenous Communities
Sammy Stanley | 13 January, 2018, 07:43

Brown asked for the same consideration for the Oregon Coast as was given Florida, which was exempted from the offshore drilling plan after the Republican governor there complained.

Initially the Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in almost all of the United States' coastal waters, but then announced it has dropped plans to open up the waters off the coast of Florida, following fierce opposition by Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Zinke announced plans last week to greatly expand offshore oil drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific oceans, including several possible drilling operations off Florida, where drilling is now blocked.

Hockaday said Zinke agreed with concerns about the economic risks that offshore drilling could bring to OR, and committed to work with Brown and visit the state as part of a process to consider exempting OR from the offshore drilling plan. Providing all of our states with the same exemption from unsafe offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm's way.

The Interior Department said earlier in the day that Zinke had set up calls with the governors of Rhode Island, Oregon, California, Washington, Delaware and North Carolina to get their input.

It took approximately no time for leaders in other drilling-skeptical states to call Zinke on his words. "The president made it very clear that local voices count". We will continue advocating for Washington to be removed from the plan. The statement said Zinke intends to meet or talk with any governor who submits a request.

Arpaio's choice to run shakes up Senate race in Arizona
Ward said she would run for Flake's seat shortly after losing a 2016 challenge to Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally , who colleagues have said is planning a Senate run but has not yet made an announcement.

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

In a letter sent to Secretary Zinke on Thursday, U.S. Senator Kamala.

Interior proposes to make more than 90 percent of the total outer shelf acreage and more than 98 percent of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in federal offshore areas available to consider for exploration and development.

Industry groups praised the announcement, the most expansive offshore drilling proposal in decades.

The Trump administration's announcement that as of 2019, it would allow drilling for oil and gas in 47 leased sites off the US coast - including six sites off California - produced howls of outrage.

Most Democrats oppose the plan.

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