Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday that he won’t allow offshore drilling in waters near Florida through 2024.
The decision came after Zinke met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) in Tallahassee earlier in the day to discuss the governor’s objections. It was day after Zinke proposed opening nearly all of the nation’s coasts to drilling.
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) January 9, 2018
“President Trump has directed me to rebuild our offshore oil and gas program in a manner that supports our national energy policy and also takes into consideration the local and state voice,” Zinke said in a statement.
“I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” he continued.