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Oregon governor tweets at interior secretary: remove us from oil drilling plan, too

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, and U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the announcement at the airport in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2018 that the Trump administration is removing Florida from the offshore oil drilling plan. (Photo: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Twitter Feed)

Under pressure from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday the Trump administration won’t allow oil drilling off the coasts of Florida.

“After talking with @FLGovScott, I am removing #Florida from the draft offshore plan,” Zinke tweeted.

Later, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tweeted back to the interior secretary, asking him to do the same for Oregon.

Last week Zinke announced the offshore drilling plan, which expands oil drilling in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans.

Scott opposed the plan from the start, saying he wanted to protect the state’s natural resources. The state’s tourism industry took a hit after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig fire that spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Trump administration’s plan was also met with bipartisan backlash on both the West and East coasts.

After Zinke and Scott met briefly Tuesday at the airport in Tallahassee, Florida, Zinke announced the administration’s change of course.


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