US Trump administration says it won't allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, bowing to pressure from governor

02:25  10 january  2018
02:25  10 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

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The Trump administration said Tuesday that it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida , abruptly reversing course under pressure from the state’s Republican governor , Rick Scott.

– The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida , abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez addresses a large rally in Asbury Park, N.J., opposing federal plans that would allow oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The Obama administration has moved to restrict access to offshore oil drilling leases in the Atlantic, as well as off Alaska. But President-elect Trump has said that he intends to open up offshore drilling, and environmentalists and coastal businesses say it could be the first major fault line that divides them from the new president. © (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez addresses a large rally in Asbury Park, N.J., opposing federal plans that would allow oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The Obama administration has moved to restrict access to offshore oil drilling leases in the Atlantic, as well as off Alaska. But President-elect Trump has said that he intends to open up offshore drilling, and environmentalists and coastal businesses say it could be the first major fault line that divides them from the new president.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Trump administration says it will not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, bowing to pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Trump administration says it will not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida , bowing to pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN’-kee)

Updated: 10 mins ago. The Trump administration says it will not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida , bowing to pressure from Republican Gov.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee) said after meeting with Scott Tuesday that drilling would be "off the table" when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

Zinke announced plans last week to greatly expand offshore oil drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The plan was immediately met with bipartisan opposition on both coasts.

Scott, who is expected to run for Senate this year, came out against the plan when it was first announced.

President Donald Trump, who frequently spends time in Florida, won the state's 29 electoral votes in the 2016 election.

Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling .
Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drillingBut several other states opposed to oil and gas drilling off their coasts are similarly dependent on tourism, according to a Reuters review of economic data - a fact that could make it hard for the administration to reject similar requests, and complicate its efforts to expand drilling.

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