Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Trump admin intends to roll back ban on offshore drilling

Trump admin intends to roll back ban on offshore drilling

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the administration's five-year plan would open up 90 percent of us offshore reserves to drilling - representing the largest expansion in the nation's history.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both D-Calif., also blasted the proposal.

"They've chosen to forget the utter devastation of past offshore oil spills to wildlife and to the fishing, recreation and tourism industries in our states", the three western governors said.

But the plan, which Zinke described as an opening proposal in what is likely to be a long negotiation, prompted swift disapproval - including from several Republicans representing coastal states.

"Such drilling would create too great a risk to the health, safety, and welfare of Maryland citizens, communities, and businesses", Hogan wrote to Frosh. Hogan, of Maryland, said he would oppose the plan "to the fullest extent that is legally possible".

Frosh already had threatened to sue in April, when President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review Obama-era prohibitions on expanded drilling.

"The Trump administration's plan not only ignores the risky nature of dirty and unsafe drilling, but also the people and coastal businesses who would be most affected".

"The state has a lot of power", Aylesworth said. "We'll see whether they manage to get through those hoops".

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, who is challenging McMaster for this year's GOP nomination, said, "We need to explore what we have off the coast" but cautioned against taking reckless action.

"Nobody is better at producing clean, quality, responsible energy than the U.S.", Zinke said.

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On Thursday, the Trump administration released a proposal to open for exploration the largest expanse of the nation's offshore oil and natural gas reserves ever offered to global energy companies. Of those, three would be sold in the Mid-Atlantic region, the department said.

In Florida, where memories of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster remain raw, Republican Gov. Rick Scott released a statement Thursday saying he had asked to "immediately meet" with Zinke to discuss his concerns.

The leasing proposal would replace one the Obama administration adopted in its final days, guiding offshore drilling activity through 2022.

Conservationists fear the new push to open the Atlantic offshore of SC to oil and natural gas exploration and drilling has less to do with what could be found, and more to do with getting the onshore industry in place to export from those pipelines to Europe. It also lifts a ban on drilling put in place by the Obama administration that protected more than 100 million offshore acres along the Arctic and Eastern seaboards. His administration said the restrictions would be permanent, but the law has never been challenged and likely would be central to litigation opposing Trump's move. "Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks".

The draft plan, which would run from 2019 through 2024, will go through a public-review period and hearings that will take months before being finalized.

The Trump administration said Thursday it wants to open almost the entire U.S. coastline to oil and gas drilling, reversing an Obama era policy and drawing swift criticism from coastal governors and environmental groups.

The Gulf of Mexico is still recovering from the BP spill, said Diane Hoskins, campaign director for the marine conservation group Oceana. "We don't think this is something to be proud of".

He also noted it was a draft proposal that could change after public input.

"This new offshore leasing plan is an important step towards harnessing our nation's energy potential for the benefit of American energy consumers", said the American Petroleum Institute's Erik Milito in a statement.

State Sen. Tom Davis of Beaufort County told The Associated Press that he worries exploratory efforts including seismic testing could harm marine life, as well as the state's $20 billion tourism industry, much of which is based in and around the lush coastline. Ranker says he was aware of oil- industry interest in exploring off Southwest Washington back in the early 2000s, and he is concerned that a future sale would draw interest. "I think the Pacific part of this five-year leasing plan is dead on arrival".

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