Draft plan will spur 'huge fight' over offshore energy drilling — Markey

Draft plan will spur 'huge fight' over offshore energy drilling — Markey

But now, suddenly, Secretary Zinke announces plans to drill off Florida's coast and four days later agrees to 'take Florida off the table'?

This move by Zinke has garnered backlash by organizations and businesses. The issue is that Zinke apparently made the decision without following the procedures mandated by federal law, rather than waiting to make the announcement after a full public comment period and environmental impact study. The department has 70,000 employees. "This deprives our country of potentially thousands and thousands of jobs and billions in wealth".

He wants to invite Zinke to visit the coastal states along the Atlantic with their governors to see that each coastal area is "unique and generates tourism, commercial fishing and recreation dollars that drive their local and state economies". There have been no sales in the Pacific Region since 1984. This is the first time the majority of the Eastern GOM Planning Area would be available for leasing since 1988. "We should be a partner".

Over the next five years, the administration is proposing 47 offshore lease sales for oil and gas drilling, which would be the largest number of lease sales ever proposed for the outer continental shelf. "In the Senate, the appropriations committee was briefed last year on what the beginning of the reorganization will look like".

The South Carolina meeting, in Columbia, is the closest scheduled meeting for Savannah residents. "Interior has a broad and diverse mission".

"California is also 'unique' & our 'coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver, '" California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) tweeted.

The decision to exempt near Florida from offshore drilling is "premature", American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said Wednesday, the Hill reports. But the decision to do so will be neither durable nor fair if it comes by selectively ignoring the complaints of states in which the president does not identify a political or personal interest. In addition, the Department will prepare a Draft Programmatic EIS to be published concurrently with the PP, and a Final EIS with the PFP.

The politics of moving employees is often difficult, Jewell said.

Scott's office said he repeatedly voiced his opposition to drilling to Zinke, including at an October meeting in Washington. "Congress came after us".

"It's the lack of the formal process", Weaver said. "You throw up your hands and say it's not worth it. If you're a politician it looks like your district lost and another district won".

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The DPP includes 12 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the most productive basins in the world and where oil and gas infrastructure is well established. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. "A change of this magnitude should only come after extensive, meaningful government-to-government consultation with the affected tribes". "No one has ever seen anything like this".

At a budget hearing in June, Zinke defended a $1.6 billion proposed budget cut at Interior, saying he planned to shave 4,000 positions from the workforce.

It took approximately no time for leaders in other drilling-skeptical states to call Mr. Zinke on his words.

Jewell cited those remarks.

Environment Massachusetts said last week the area proposed to be opened up "could include Georges Bank, a wildlife rich region of the North Atlantic near Massachusetts".

In a similar vein, over the past year, Interior has offered grants exceeding $50,000 for a wide array of endeavors from western snowy plover recovery in the San Francisco Bay Area to operations and maintenance of Colorado weather stations. He said reorganization is necessary and can be done.

Howke, identified in the memo as the new grant reviewer, has until now had a very low profile. "I think most people were really enthusiastic". We rated his promise broken in 2013. Zinke said seismic testing still would be allowed, but no new drilling.

The state Department of Environmental Protection sent an Aug. 17 letter to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management raising concerns about the effects of oil and gas activities on the environment, but did not expressly oppose the drilling proposal.

Heather Swift, a spokeswoman for Zinke, accused Kaine and other Democrats of taking cheap shots at her boss.

"This plan is an early signal to the global marketplace that the United States intends to remain a global leader in responsible offshore energy development and produce affordable American energy for many decades to come", said Katharine MacGregor, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.