Nelson, Scott want to block Trump's drilling plans

A rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Associated Press)
A rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Associated Press)
Published Jan. 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Bill Nelson and Rick Scott agree on this: The Trump administration plans to open up oil drilling is no good.

"This plan is an assault on Florida's economy, our national security, the will of the public and the environment," said Sen. Nelson. "This proposal defies all common sense and I will do everything I can to defeat it."

Said Gov. Scott: "Based on media reports, it is likely that the Department of the Interior will consider Florida as a potential state for offshore oil drilling – which is something I oppose in Florida. I have already asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration."

Here's the report from the AP:

Sources say the Trump administration is moving to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans, including opening up federal waters off the coast of California for the first time in more than three decades.

The new five-year drilling plan could also open new areas of oil and gas exploration off the East Coast in places from Georgia to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades.

The Interior Department is set to announce the plan Thursday. Two sources described the plan on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it before its release.

It's the most expansive offshore drilling proposal in decades and comes in response to President Donald Trump's executive order in April encouraging more drilling rights in federal waters.