issue 128 – California Offshore Drilling
Introduction…Last week we reported the Interior Department released the draft proposal Thursday for leasing areas of the U.S. outer continental shelve for drilling for oil and gas. The five-year proposal from 2019 to 2024 is aggressive expecting to lease 25 out of 26 planning areas.
One week later…Trump administration says no to oil drilling off the Florida coast. The policy shift is being credited to Republican Gov. Rick Scott who is seeking to protect Florida’s natural resources and it’s multibillion-dollar tourism business. This business built on miles of white sandy beaches.
Other Republican governors oppose the plan including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, and Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker.
In California, the drilling plan revives longtime battle over coastal drilling.
The Interior’s tactic…Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said, “Our tactic was to open everything up, then meet with the governors, meet with the stakeholders so that when we shaped it, it was right,” he told news conference last Tuesday night. “The president made it very clear that local voices count.”
In conclusion…The plan follows Trump’s Executive order in April to encourage more drilling on federal waters to help the U.S. achieve “energy dominance” in global markets.
Sources: “President Trump’s Offshore Oil Drilling Plan Revives Longtime Battle Over California Coast,” Oil Industry News, 15 January 2018; “Trump administration says no oil drilling off Florida coast,” CNBC Energy, 9 January 2018