"This political decision to open the magnificent and lovely Pacific Coast waters to oil and gas drilling flies in the face of decades of strong opposition on the part of Washington, Oregon and California - from Republicans and Democrats alike", they said in a joint statement.
Initially the Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in almost all of the United States' coastal waters, but then announced it has dropped plans to open up the waters off the coast of Florida, following fierce opposition by Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott. Jerry Brown and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in condemning the plan last week that would open up both coasts of the United States to oil drilling platforms.
"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.
The Interior Department said earlier in the day that Zinke had set up calls with the governors of Rhode Island, Oregon, California, Washington, Delaware and North Carolina to get their input.
Scott - who continues to deny the science behind climate change and has - is challenging Sen.
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"I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts", Nelson on Tuesday. The request follows Secretary Zinke's announcement that Florida will be exempted from the plan. "I believe courts will strike this down". "We hope we can work with you to protect our natural resources, our environment, and the livelihoods of coastal residents so that they remain for future generations".
"We are outraged; this is absolutely unacceptable", she said of the drilling plan.
We have long advocated for increased drilling off the country's coasts, as long as it is smartly regulated.
The five-year plan would open 90 percent of the nation's offshore reserves to development by private companies, Zinke said, with 47 leases proposed off the nation's coastlines from 2019 to 2024.
Roy Cooper has made a pitch to a Trump administration official about why Atlantic waters off the state's coast should be removed from the federal government's list of offshore drilling locations. Currently, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has proposed a single public meeting to take place in Richmond, almost 100 miles from the coastal communities that will feel the impacts of the plan most.