Environmental advocates oppose Trump offshore drilling plan

California leaders vow to fight Trump expansion of offshore oil drilling

California leaders vow to fight Trump expansion of offshore oil drilling

According to the Houston Chronicle, the #trump administration has proposed to open vast swaths of the continental shelf to oil exploration and eventual production, including areas off the west and east coasts that have been off-limits for decades.

Industry proponents of offshore drilling claim that it creates jobs, but it does not tend to live up to the hype.

The Trump administration has announced plans to vastly expand offshore drilling. A catastrophe on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil leak in 2010 would be disastrous for one of the state's most precious resources, the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

"We are united in our opposition to this move by the President", said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Of course, the happiest were the interested industrial groups.

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Florida's senators and governor are opposed to it.

Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, said that this five-year plan would offer 90% of the reserves located offshore for lease, including areas of the Golden State. Additional costs could also come from litigation initiated by state attorneys general and environmental groups, which fiercly oppose the expansion. US oil production reached almost 10 million barrels a day in October, the highest level since the start of the 1970s.

About the only people who are happy about the plan, other than the Trump administration and some Republicans in Congress, are oil company executives. "This is so reckless". As he left office in 2016, Obama issued a last-minute moratorium for most of the US coastline, including agreement with Ottawa on an Arctic drilling ban.

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"Offshore drilling is inherently dirty", says John Fleming, staff scientist at the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity.

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Tittle spoke before a rally in Long Branch to announce a united front against the plan. Chief among them were the disastrous offshore oil spills that fouled US waters, devastating wildlife and coastal economies. "He's siding with Big Oil and Gas and taking the first steps towards offshore drilling".

It goes nearly without saying that the environmental lobby will be headed to court to try to block the lease sales. "We should be focusing on promoting safe and renewable energy like wind power and not opening up the Atlantic to drilling".

The news has delighted oil producers.

"This is a start on looking at American energy dominance and looking at our offshore assets and beginning a dialog of when, how, where and how fast those offshore assets could be or should be developed", Zinke said in a conference call with reporters.

The five-year plan is a draft proposal to replace a previous plan put in place by the Obama administration to cover the period from 2017 to 2022.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also issued a statement Thursday.

Building offshore oil and gas platforms and the other infrastructure needed to produce fossil fuels in areas where such has not been developed will be costly.

The sector is still recovering from market saturation and the sharp decline in oil prices since 2014, making it less interesting for investors to drill in Alaska and coastal areas - the main territories affected by the new proposal of the administration. The hearing is one of 23 that will be hosted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management across the nation between January 16 and February 28. In fact, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is the only Atlantic Coast governor who has said he favors offshore oil and gas drilling.

Oil industry advocates argue companies need fresh territory beyond the Gulf of Mexico, where drilling has been ongoing for decades and the quest for crude has driven them into deeper waters. This process could take more than a year. Dolphins living in Barataria, Louisiana, have experienced mortality rates 8 percent higher than dolphin populations elsewhere, and their reproduction success dropped 63 percent.

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