Florida, Jeff Brady, Maryland discussed on Morning Edition


Do that all right npr's mara liasson this morning thanks so much mark thank you or the trump administration surprised lotta people last week when aidid excluded florida from a plan to dramatically expand offshore drilling in now other states are saying hey we'd love to be excluded as well and they're getting a chance to make their case in a series of public meetings and jeff brady went to one of those meetings yesterday in annapolis maryland at the harbor in downtown annapolis it's cold and there's little sign of the tourists and people heading at fish that are common when the weather is warm but things are buzzing few miles away at a hotel conference center this is where the federal bureau of ocean energy management is collecting comments on the trump administration's plan to offer up just about all of the country's offshore areas to drillers this is the normal process with information booths saying laptop set up to type in comments last week florida with outside that process and god itself removed electronics little bit by surprise quite frankly when we saw that governor scott in florida had spoken to secretaries zinke of the department interior mark belted is maryland secretary of natural resources is here to deliver a letter from his boss republican governor larry hogan asking that maryland also be removed belt and says the big concern is for the state's economically important fishing and tourism industry the accident that happened with the puerta horizon down in the gulf of mexico is a vivid example of what could happen here off the shore of the mid atlantic and with that example in mind we believe that it's just not the right thing for him to happen off our shores interior secretary ryan zinke has reportedly spent this week meeting with coastal governors in the wake of the florida announcement some environmentalists sop politics have play claiming the evening tweets from zinke and a meeting of the tallahassee airport were designed to help governor rick scott in an upcoming raced for the us senate what's clear is that announcing this decision with a tweet is unusual i can't imagine how it wouldn't ray his legal complications sierra weaver as an attorney with the southern environmental law center for groups like hers that likely will challenge in court any plan that could expand offshore drilling a big legal question and is whether the.

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