Merkley, Wyden: Spare Oregon coast from drilling, too

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the America's Pledge launch event at the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on Nov. 11 2017 in Bonn Germany

Coming after the watering-down of safety measures enacted after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the lease proposal drew fire when it put waters from Florida to ME on the table after President Barack Obama called for a ban on drilling in some territorial waters in one of his last executive actions.

In a statement after the new offshore drilling plan was announced last week, Northam said the plan would jeopardize the Commonwealth's "economy, environment, national security, and the health and safety of our residents".

Oregon's Governor Kate Brown has also spoken out against opening up the Oregon Coast for offshore drilling and has requested that Secretary Zinke give Oregon the same exemption that was granted to Florida. Alaska and ME are the only two US states whose governors have expressed support for the plan. The governor's spokesman said the secretary agreed to visit the state as part of his consideration. "There has been no drilling off the Pacific Coast for three decades". Now governors and lawmakers from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington and other states are asking why only Florida is being exempted. Both met at the Tallahassee International Airport on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump's administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state's governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday.

In the announcement, Zinke called Scott, a fellow Republican, a "straightforward leader that can be trusted".

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Oceana, an environmental lobby group, said it was pleased that Zinke had removed Florida from areas open to drilling.

"Florida is obviously unique", Zinke said.

"We urge you to honor the commitment of this Administration by listening to the local and state voices that we represent and to respect their overwhelming opposition to oil and gas drilling off our coasts".

"Responsibly developing our energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf in a safe and well-regulated way is important to our economy and energy security, and it provides billions of dollars to fund the conservation of our coastlines, public lands, and parks", Zinke said in the announcement. A source with knowledge of the matter said Cooper was also trying to arrange an immediate meeting with Zinke.

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