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After Florida Gets Offshore Drilling Exemption, Other States Ask For The Same


Added 01-10-18 03:06:02pm EST - “The Trump administration has proposed radically expanding offshore oil drilling, but Florida's waters are "off the table." Leaders in California, New York, South Carolina and elsewhere noticed.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “After Florida Gets Offshore Drilling Exemption, Other States Ask For The Same”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An oil platform sits in the distance at Refugio State Beach in California in 2015. After the Trump Administration announced plans to allow new oil and gas drilling leases in more federal waters, states are petitioning to be made exempt from the change. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

An oil platform sits in the distance at Refugio State Beach in California in 2015. After the Trump Administration announced plans to allow new oil and gas drilling leases in more federal waters, states are petitioning to be made exempt from the change.

After the Trump administration promised Florida that the state would be exempt from expanded off-shore oil drilling, other coastal states had just one question: "What about us?"

From Oregon to South Carolina, governors and other leaders are publicly noting that Florida does not have a monopoly on picturesque coasts, tourist economies or local opposition to off-shore drilling. But currently, it's the only state to have received a pledge from the administration that it won't be considered for new oil and gas platforms.

"New York doesn't want drilling off our coast either," tweeted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Where do we sign up for a waiver?"

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