Martes, 20 Noviembre, 2018

Trump Administration Won't Allow Offshore Drilling Near Florida

Trump Administration Won't Allow Offshore Drilling Near Florida Trump Administration Won't Allow Offshore Drilling Near Florida
Federico Mansilla | Enero 10, 2018, 09:48

The Trump administration says it will not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Nelson, a Melbourne Democrat, issued a statement moments later, calling the move a "political stunt" designed to help Scott, who's expected to challenge Nelson's re-election bid later this year.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the next step for responsibly developing the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024, which proposes to make over 90 percent of the total OCS acreage and more than 98 percent of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in federal offshore areas available to consider for future exploration and development.

"I am removing Florida from consideration from any new oil and gas platforms".

The issue is particularly thorny for Scott and Rooney, who have been very vocal about their support for President Trump.

Other Republican governors also oppose the plan, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker.

California's attorney general Xavier Becerra immediately demanded a similar exemption for his state.

"I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver".

Zinke referred to Scott in his statement as "a straightforward leader that can be trusted".

"Overton says tourists were scared to come to Florida after the 2010 spill, and now he pays close attention to anything that might impact what he sees as 'the Florida brand".

Florida state waters extend 3 nautical miles from the shore on the Atlantic, and 9 nautical miles on the Gulf side, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Still on the books are plans for drilling off the gulf coast of Alabama, just roughly 20 miles from Pensacola. Obama's 2017-2022 plan would be replaced by the new program when it is finalized.

"Our tactic was open everything up, then meet with the governors, meet with the stakeholders so that when we shaped it, it was right", he told reporters at a news conference Tuesday night.

A coalition of more than 60 environmental groups denounced the plan, saying it would impose "severe and unacceptable harm" to America's oceans, coastal economies, public health and marine life. "The president made it very clear that local voices count". As the Deepwater commission noted, "To be allowed to drill on the outer continental shelf is a privilege to be earned, not a private right to be exercised".

Industry groups praised the announcement, the most expansive offshore drilling proposal in decades. Nineteen sales would be off Alaska, 12 in the Gulf of Mexico, nine in the Atlantic and seven in the Pacific, including six off California.

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires the Secretary of the Interior, through BOEM, to prepare and maintain a schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales in federal waters, indicating the size, timing, and location of leasing activity that would best meet national energy needs for the five-year period following Program approval.