Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Thursday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in US coastal waters.
"Democrats have argued that Trump and Zinke were being hypocritical by agreeing to a request by Florida's Republican governor to withdraw from the drilling plan, but not making the same accommodation to states with Democratic governors".
Since Thursday, Zinke also has spoken to the governors of SC and Delaware.
Like Florida, California and other coastal states "rely on our attractive coasts for tourism and our economy", Lieu said, adding that he believes courts will strike down the drilling plan.
Brown, in an interview with CNN earlier this week, noted that Oregon's 362-mile (583-kilometer) coastline have been publicly accessible for over 100 years and are important to the state's economy, with 22,000 jobs on the coast. "There has been no drilling off the Pacific Coast for three decades".
"We are outraged; this is absolutely unacceptable", she said of the drilling plan. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, Kate Brown of Oregon, Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington, John Carney of DE and Roy Cooper of North Carolina. "Secretary Zinke did not provide that commitment, unfortunately".
A spokesman for Brown told The Associated Press that Zinke is now deliberating on the request after Brown initiated a phone call with the secretary on Friday. Scott is an ally of President Trump, and the state is also home to Trump's winter resort at Mar-a-Lago.
Most Democrats oppose the plan.
The governor talked during the call about the state's coastal economy and the threat that drilling could have on millions of acres of estuaries.