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Gov. Christie Wants Exemption for New Jersey on Offshore Drilling

12 January 2018

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the Trump administration will no longer seek to drill for oil off the coast of Florida after meeting with Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday. He contends that Zinke's decision is a purely political move to aid the ambitions of Rick Scott - who is said to be planning to challenge U.S. Sen.

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

Sanford also told CNN the move may be "self-serving" since Trump has properties, such as Mar-A-Lago, along the Florida coastline.

"Florida is obviously unique", Zinke said. "I don't believe it", he said in a statement. "The Trump Administration's reckless decision to open these waters to further oil development represents a step backward into the outdated, dirty and destructive energy policies of the past", Jackson said in a statement.

"If exceptions are being made for other states, the governor will certainly pursue the same type of exceptions for New Jersey, " said Brian Murray, his press secretary.

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"So the agency would either have to not exempt Florida, or in the alternative, exempt Florida, California and any other state that can show the coasts are important to the state's tourism and economy".

Last week, the Trump Administration announced a plan to potentially open 98% of USA waters to offshore drilling.

"The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires the administration to consider several specific factors in developing an offshore oil and gas leasing plan in light of national energy needs and the risks of offshore drilling".

But a strikingly broad coalition has formed in opposition, comprised of governors of both major parties, environmental groups, small town mayors including the department of defense, which has raised concerns that oil rigs could interfere with military training movements in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Zinke, containing a number of questions.

Florida's economy has been threatened by drilling mishaps before: In 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon spill sent oil gushing into the waters near Louisiana and Mississippi, Florida lost millions of tourism dollars, Reuters reported.

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"Kudos to Governor Scott and Florida's congressional delegation for strongly protesting the initial plan to expand drilling", the tweet said.

API spokesman Reid Porter said the Trump administration "should follow the established process" for developing an offshore drilling program, including public comment. "Florida should not be given special status because the president is friends with Governor Scott". The fact is that an oil spill doesn't know or care where one state ends, and another begins - and Florida remains at risk, just like all states in the Mid- and South Atlantic.

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

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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Gov. Christie Wants Exemption for New Jersey on Offshore Drilling