Governor Cooper urges Trump Administration to exempt NC from offshore drilling plan

Governor Cooper urges Trump Administration to exempt NC from offshore drilling plan

Governor Cooper urges Trump Administration to exempt NC from offshore drilling plan

Zinke announced plans last week to greatly expand offshore oil drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific oceans, including more than a dozen states where drilling is now blocked.

"Taking #Florida off the table for offshore drilling but not #California violates the legal standard of arbitrary and capricious agency action", Lieu wrote on Twitter.

Becerra added, "we, too, should be removed from your list".

Among those governors were Republicans: Larry Hogan of Maryland, Henry McMaster of SC and Charles Baker of MA.

Ralph Northam, Virginia's governor elect, also a Democrat, said he would like to "have a word" with Zinke about Florida's apparent special status. "Wonder why ..." Kaine said.

Filmmaker and outspoken Trump critic Michael Moore-who threatened to frack off the coast of the president's Florida vacation home after offshore drilling expansion was announced-also responded to the state's removal from the proposal. Tweeting in all caps, "So you are exempting the state that is home to the festering cankerous conflict of interest that the administration likes to call the "Winter white house" and none of the other affected states??"

Walter Shaub, the former director of the office of government ethics, agreed with that premise. "Go look up "Banana republic" then go fly a Zinke flag to celebrate making us one".

The offshore industry, keen to drill in the eastern Gulf of Mexico offshore Florida, long off limits, also was not happy with Zinke's decision, which is "disappointing and premature", said National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi.


"The Trump administration, through their decision on Florida, has admitted that offshore drilling is a threat to coastal economies and tourism", N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Trump narrowly won Florida's 29 electoral votes in the 2016 election and has encouraged Scott to run for the Senate.

"The governor has made it extremely clear that he opposes this kind of exploration off our coastline and that will never change", Amelia Chassé, a spokesperson for Hogan, told Business Insider. Oil drilling in ME waters would mean oil spilling in ME waters.

But Gross is concerned that Florida's Republican governor opposed the drilling proposal as a matter of political expedience.

"I am appalled that our president would move contrary to OR values, frankly contrary to West Coast values", Brown said after the proposal was announced. "We've got to do everything we can to take care of our environment". The 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which sets procedures for deciding which areas will be opened to offshore drilling, has not be tested like this before.

Kaine responded to a story that the administration was "bowing to pressure" from Gov. Scott, saying it denied a similar request from outgoing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to ban such oil drilling. Shortly after the announcement, however, the president backed off his proposed drilling near the shores of the Sunshine State.

Scott could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning. "If other governors would like to request meetings with the secretary, they are absolutely welcome to do so".

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