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12 Enero 2018, 08:09 | Crisanna Felipe
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"It's more important than ever that we send a strong statement that California will not be open for drilling along our coast, which could devastate our multi-trillion dollar coastal economy, our coastal waters and marine life".
Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in USA coastal waters. "Florida should not be given special status because the president is friends with Gov. Scott, " Pallone said. "We are deeply dependent on tourism, and if we lose that we pack our bags and we go someplace else".
"I'm appalled that our president would move contrary to OR values, frankly contrary to West Coast values, and frankly these moves will be very damaging to our coastal economies - both the natural resources economy and the recreational and tourism economy", she told reporters.
Zinke announced on January 4 parts of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic waters, were part of a draft proposal consisting of 47 new leases to expand offshore oil drilling expeditions.
"The proposed change is welcomed by the oil and gas industry". Both men have used lunch meetings with Trump to discuss issues that are popular with Florida voters, and publicized that fact widely. Bill Nelson on the floor of the Senate Wednesday.
"What exactly does "off the table" mean?" asked Nelson.
Even the Department of Defense has concerns - about how drilling will interact with the military exercises held in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, reports Reuters. Half of it? 125 miles off the coast?
Kristen Monsell, Oceans Program Litigation Director for the Center for Biological Diversity, agreed that Zinke likely violated federal law in choosing to remove Florida from the proposed plan.
Acting at the behest of President Donald Trump, Zinke proposed opening most of the area off the US coasts to oil drilling, including the Atlantic coast that now is off limits through at least 2022.
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Gov Scott cheered the decision, saying he would "never stop fighting for Florida's environment and our pristine coastline".
"We shouldn't be playing politics with the future of Florida", Nelson said.
Commissioner Penny Taylor said that Rooney's willingness to oppose a policy proposal from an administration he has otherwise supported was admirable. "He has consistently been opposed to it".
One reason, according to MacManus that Scott is now boarding the no-drill train, is having to win over younger voters if he decides to run.
Like Florida, Maine is heavily dependent on tourism, an industry that reportedly saw $6 billion in revenue in 2016.
"What can I think otherwise?"
Over the next few days, Scott had multiple meetings with Trump administration officials.
Other states along the coasts, many with Republican governors, have pledged to fight the rule and seek the same exemption Florida received.
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