Northam requests Virginia exemption from Trump administration offshore drilling plan

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Kate Brown's (D) office said Friday that Interior Secretary Zinke is considering exempting her state from the Trump administration's proposed offshore drilling plan.

Yet another explanation has been posed by some: Zinke and President Donald Trump are jerking around deep-blue California, where the president has faced the most hostility. In addition to Florida, the states of Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, California, Oregon, and Washington have all opposed this plan for new leases off their coasts.

"California is also "unique" & our "coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.' Our 'local and state voice" is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra tweeted, referencing Zinke's own statement.

"Regarding the offshore drilling ban, Gov".

Brown, in an interview with CNN earlier this week, noted that Oregon's 362-mile (583-kilometer) coastline have been publicly accessible for over 100 years and are important to the state's economy, with 22,000 jobs on the coast.

Zinke said last week that the drilling plan called for responsible development that would boost jobs and economic security while providing billions of dollars to fund conservation along US coastlines. "There has been no drilling off the Pacific Coast for three decades". "If that's your standard, we, too, should be removed from your list".

"I spoke with Secretary Zinke today and reiterated my opposition to his offshore oil drilling proposal".

"I told him the concerns of Washingtonians and West Coast residents deserve (to) be treated with the same consideration and deliberation as those in Florida", Inslee said in a statement.

Spokesman Bryan Hockaday says this happened after Brown spoke on the phone with Zinke on Friday at Brown's request. Bill Nelson, D, Scott's likely opponent in November, immediately accused the Trump administration of orchestrating these announcements to boost the Republican in a key 2018 race.

Industry groups praised the announcement to drill offshore, while environmental groups denounced the plan, saying it would harm America's oceans, coastal economies, public health and marine life. It affects at least 22 coastal states and has drawn bipartisan opposition from 15 governors and support from six governors. The plan follows Trump's executive order in April encouraging more drilling rights in federal waters, part of the administration's strategy to help the US achieve "energy dominance" in the global market. First they announced a new offshore drilling plan that would force unwilling coastal states to open up their waters to oil and gas exploration, prioritizing "energy dominance" over long-standing local concerns.

Within hours of Zinke's announcement, asked to be exempt, too, including Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of NY.

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