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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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?"
Dear Secretary Zinke, California like Florida, has hundreds of miles of beautiful coastline and a governor who wants to keep it that way. Or is that not enough for blue states? https://t.co/vQ5Qtl8Xik— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 10, 2018
.@SecretaryZinke: California is also "unique" & our "coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver." Our “local and state voice” is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling.— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) January 10, 2018
If that's your standard, we, too, should be removed from your list. Immediately. https://t.co/T6W6JaPCPh
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