Maine senators oppose Trump's offshore drilling plans

Maine senators oppose Trump's offshore drilling plans

Maine Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGrassley panel scraps Kavanaugh hearing, warns committee will vote without deal Collins 'appalled' by Trump tweet about Kavanaugh accuser Poll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it MORE (R) and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingRestoring our national parks would be a bipartisan win for Congress Restore our parks Renaming Senate office building after McCain sparks GOP backlash MORE (I) on Monday expressed opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to expand areas available for offshore drilling, citing environmental and economic concerns. 

“We oppose any effort to open waters off the coast of Maine or any proximate area to offshore drilling, which could negatively affect the health of Maine’s fisheries and other coastal resources,” the senators wrote in a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeMontana lawmakers cheer recommendation to ban mining north of Yellowstone Overnight Energy: Navajo coal plant to close | NC dam breach raises pollution fears | House panel to examine endangered species bills Navajo-owned coal plant to be shut down despite Interior push to keep open MORE

“So many of our key industries, from tourism and recreation to fishing, rely on healthy oceans. A single mistake could change that forever, rob our state of a key resource and permanently harm people across Maine. The risk of a catastrophe far outweighs any benefits,” King added on Twitter.

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The Trump administration said last week it is proposing significantly expanding areas available for offshore oil and natural gas drilling, including areas off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Zinke said nearly all of the nation’s outer continental shelf, which includes waters off the coasts of Florida, California, Maine and Alaska, is being considered for drilling.

Environmental advocates panned the announcement as a giveaway to the oil industry.

Several other lawmakers have expressed concern at the proposal, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R).