Following pleas from Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott, the Trump administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off Florida’s coast.
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) January 9, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made the announcement during a press conference, telling the media, “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver. As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.”
“President Trump has directed me to rebuild our offshore oil and gas program in a manner that supports our national energy policy,” Zinke said referring to the Trump administration’s decision last week to open a vast majority of U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. Zinke told the press Trump’s directive would take into “consideration the local and state voice.”
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida state waters extend 9 nautical miles on the Gulf of Mexico coast and 3 nautical miles on the Atlantic coast.