Trump Administration Removes Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan

Trump Administration Removes Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan”

By comparison, the current program puts 94 percent of the OCS off limits.

Rick Scott will deliver his eighth and final State of the State address Tuesday on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session. "Today's announcement lays out the options that are on the table and starts a lengthy and robust public comment period".

"He is truly a creature of the Tallahassee swamp, and if he decides to run for Senate voters will hold him accountable for his dishonesty and pathological need to put his own interests over what's right for Florida's middle-class families", Bergstein added.

Still on the books are plans for drilling off the gulf coast of Alabama, just roughly 20 miles from Pensacola. "This decision could bring unprecedented access to America's extensive offshore oil and gas resources and allows us to better compete with other oil-rich nations".

When he announced the proposal last week, he knew it would spark discussion across the country, Zinke said.

"This plan is an early signal to the global marketplace that the United States intends to remain a global leader in responsible offshore energy development and produce affordable American energy for many decades to come", said Katharine MacGregor, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.

"Our 'local and state voice' is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling".

Florida state waters extend 3 nautical miles from the shore on the Atlantic, and 9 nautical miles on the Gulf side, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"Fortunately, there was no oil on our beaches and no real physical damage, but the economic damages that occurred from that were catastrophic", says Keith Overton, the President of the TradeWinds Resort at St. Pete Beach.

"American energy production can be competitive while remaining safe and environmentally sound", said Acting BOEM Director Walter Cruickshank.

Oceana, an environmental lobby group, said it was pleased that Zinke had removed Florida from areas open to drilling.

The five-year plan would open 90 percent of the nation's offshore reserves to development by private companies, Zinke said, with 47 leases proposed off the nation's coastlines from 2019 to 2024.

The email went on to provide a laundry list of campaign-friendly talking points.

Map of Eastern Gulf of Mexico. "They are a direct reflection of a governor and a Republican leadership who have made the middle class a secondary concern to their desire to give away millions in your tax dollars to the largest corporations and the wealthiest individuals", she said.

Scott also wants to reduce the amount of money Florida motorists pay to get and renew driver's licenses.

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