Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

NC Governor Cooper Seeks Offshore Drilling Exemption

NC Governor Cooper Seeks Offshore Drilling Exemption

California and other coastal states also rely on our lovely coasts for tourism and our economy.

Zinke last week released a sweeping plan to open almost all waters off the nation's coastlines to oil and gas drilling, including a new lease sale off OR and Washington proposed for 2021.

It's no surprise that Democrats who have spoken up unanimously oppose the plan to open more than 90 percent of America's ocean to oil drilling, but there has also been ample Republican outcry as well.

"For someone to suggest that they're protecting Florida coast when they've done nothing to move away from risky fossil fuels - which is creating climate impacts like sea level rise, which threaten our coasts", Glckman said. He has promised to meet with all coastal governors on the plan, but has not yet removed any other state from consideration.

The Trump administration will take public comment on its proposals from January 16 through March 9.

One of the most outspoken opponents, Florida's Scott - a vocal Trump backer who is seen as a possible top recruit for the state's U.S. Senate race later this year - won a reprieve from the order this week. A source with knowledge of the matter said Cooper was also trying to arrange an immediate meeting with Zinke.

Moriarty said bureau regulations say that if a lease is issued for a specific use, including wind or oil drilling, "we may consider a request for other uses, as long as those uses do not unreasonably interfere with the original leaseholder's enjoyment of its lease".

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: When the Trump administration unveiled a plan to greatly expand offshore drilling, in Florida the response was quick.

State Rep. Al Williams, a Democrat from the hamlet of Midway on Georgia's seashore, called the White House plan "a awful idea that could have profound negative effects on Georgia's coast". Instead, the administration exposed one of the big drivers of its severe dysfunction: its attitude that the federal government is a fiefdom that Mr. Trump and his lieutenants rule according to their whim. He said he was concerned about military assets in Hampton Roads, which account for "nearly half" of the region's economy, and about the tourism and seafood industries.

"Senator Nelson and anyone else who opposes oil drilling off Florida's coast should be happy the governor was able to secure this commitment". Tourism and watermen reps worry that any spill like the Deepwater Horizon would devastate them.

An oil platform sits in the distance at Refugio State Beach in California in 2015. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican, have also pledged to seek exemptions for Virginia's coastal waters. Johnny Isakson said in an interview Wednesday.

"I am opposed to offshore drilling off South Carolina's shore, I'm opposed to seismic testing off South Carolina's shore", McMaster told reporters.

"I think it's a possibility that there's a way that it could be done that was judicious and made sense, but you've got to make sure the environment, the investment that Georgia has already made ... are protected". "We don't really know that yet", he said Thursday, "and eventually we're going to have to know that, in my opinion". Alaska and ME are the only two US states whose governors have expressed support for the plan.

In a statement, LePage said offshore drilling has the potential to create jobs and energy independence, and that sensitive areas would not be included in the final plan. He called on the Interior Department to hold a public hearing in his coastal 1st Congressional District.

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