The trump administration has unveiled a plan to open almost all of the oil and gas drilling in the us offshore territory, including the former Atlantic, arctic and Pacific protected areas.
Interior minister Brian jinke (Ryan Zinke) said that a new oil and gas leasing plan will run from 2019 to 2019, will lead to more than 90% of the outer continental shelf can be used for the biggest leasing fossil fuel companies.
The draft plan includes nearly 50 rental areas in 26 planned areas of the United States, including 19 in Alaska, 7 in the Pacific, 12 in the gulf of Mexico and 9 in the Atlantic ocean. The plan upended the Obama administration’s protective measures and first introduced drilling into the Atlantic coast – a prospect that is bitterly opposed by east coast communities.
“We want to develop the Marine energy industry in our country, not slowly hand it over to foreign shores,” said Zinke. “This is very different from energy weakness and energy. Under President trump, we will have the strongest energy policy and become the most powerful energy superpower. ”
Any drilling will be conducted in environmentally sustainable ways, and the plan will be subject to a “long and powerful” public consultation period, he said. But the prospect of deploying an oil rig in much of the country’s territorial waters has led to immediate condemnation of an unlikely alliance between environmental groups and some top republicans.
Rick Scott, the republican governor of Florida, says he opposes drilling off the state’s coast because of environmental concerns.
“I have asked for an immediate meeting with secretary senk to discuss my concerns about this plan and the urgent need to withdraw Florida from consideration,” Scott said.
Other states expressed hostility for the new plan, New Jersey, Virginia, north Carolina and south Carolina governor on the Marine ecosystem and coastal economies rely on tourism and fishing expressed concern about the potential impact. West coast governors – California, Washington state and Oregon – also condemned the prospect of drilling in the Pacific for the first time since 1984.
Opponents of the drilling have caused a shadow of the 2010 deepwater horizon explosion in the gulf of Mexico, one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The bp rig incident has caused 215 million gallons of crude oil to flood the bay, painting beaches and seabirds and leaving a toxic legacy still felt. Bp has paid more than $60 billion in fines since the disaster.
“Trump is trying to turn our oceans into oil fields,” said Kristen Monsell, legal director of the Marine program at the center for biological diversity. His reckless plan will lead to more wildlife and coastal communities suffering from serious oil spills.
“Offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous, and many coastal communities don’t want it. The loosening of our offshore oil industry will mean more deadly disasters like the deepwater horizon. And when those big oil spills happen in the arctic, they won’t be able to clean it up.
“This shocking plan should be for all who want it
Get rid of the dirty energy and politics of the past call for action.” Shortly before his inauguration, barack Obama to Alaska and Alaska provided 115 million acres (47 million hectares) of hectares) of the Atlantic ocean from England to the drilling limit, Virginia, the reason is that the fragile ecosystem and the mood of the public decision.
In contrast, he recommends keeping only one area off the coast of Alaska, because it is protected by an executive order issued by George W Bush.
It is not clear how many companies will bid after renting, given the low current price of oil. But some republicans are optimistic that drilling expansion will stimulate economic activity, even though coastal cities and Marine life may have problems.
Steve Scalise, a Louisiana republican, said the plan was another positive step for Mr Trump’s “us energy governance”.
He said: “with the increase of inside and outside the bay exploration and production, Louisiana will see more employment opportunities, and continue to get to rebuild our coast vital revenue sharing.
The Marine energy administration, which oversees the lease process, will conduct a 60-day public review of the plan.