Friday, 14 December, 2018

Georgia governor concerned about offshore drilling marring 'pristine' coastline

'Political Games': FL Sen Blasts Trump Admin for Promising GOP Gov Oil Drilling Exemption Gov. Rick Scott's Full Flop on oil drilling
Ben Pena | 12 January, 2018, 20:39

In furtherance of President Trump's misguided effort to ramp up domestic production of oil and gas, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced last week that almost all federal waters off the US coastline would be opened to drilling.

It is easy to be cynical here and suggest that Florida got an exemption because President Donald Trump, who has in the past flipped out about offshore energy-generating windmills ruining the view from his golf course in Scotland, does not want to look out a window at Mar-a-Lago and see oil derricks.

Democrats and environmentalists have accused Zinke of making a purely political calculation in order to bolster Scott, who may run for a US Senate seat now held by Bill Nelson, a Democrat.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revealed plans last week to open 90 percent of the nation's offshore oil reserves to development by private companies, a move immediately met with bipartisan opposition. "We shouldn't be playing politics with the future of FL". "Florida should not be given special status because the president is friends with Gov. Scott, " Pallone said. "He is a straightforward leader that can be trusted", Zinke said in a statement.

Meanwhile, as Governing notes, it's a little surprising that the Trump administration opted to make an exception for Florida - not just because of the backlash from other states but because of the potential profit in the eastern Gulf, right off Florida's coast.

Former White House ethics chief Walter Shaub was less coy with his speculation, slamming Zinke's decision to exempt Florida from the oil and gas program. "Offshore drilling for oil is just as incompatible with the local economies of the rest of the Atlantic Coast states as it is with Florida's economy".

Following Zinke's announcement on Tuesday night, numerous governors, representatives, and attorneys general from states included in the proposed five-year plan argued that offshore drilling would negatively impact their coastlines and tourism industries.

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The plan includes Atlantic and Pacific waters that hadn't been up for grabs since the 1980s.

The American Petroleum Institute, the top oil and gas lobbying group, also questioned Zinke's action — but from the other direction.

Well, Delaware's coast is reliant on tourism as an economic driver, as well, and one significant spill could destroy this community's economy for generations.

Additionally, the department last week repealed offshore drilling safety regulations put in place after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Let's not let up on the gas (or oil) drilling issue until a ban on offshore Florida drilling is permanent.

"If it was anything but that, Secretary Zinke would have announced tonight that he was removing Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, where offshore drilling has already been rejected by local and state voices", Weaver added.

Governors of other East Coast states - including Maryland and North and SC - have also voiced objections. "Florida should not be given special status because the president is friends with Governor Scott".

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