Trump Administration Set To Expand Offshore Drilling Lenses

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Florida to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades.
While some lawmakers in those states support offshore drilling, the plan drew immediate opposition from governors up and down the East Coast, including Republican Governors Rick Scott of Florida and Larry Hogan of Maryland, who pressed President Donald Trump to withdraw their states from consideration.
Here in Alaska, however, Governor Bill Walker praised the plan as an important step forward, saying it would help Alaskans develop the state's natural resources as *they see fit.
Almost all of Alaska's offshore waters on its southern and western coasts would be open to oil and gas drilling under the plan, with only Bristol Bay excluded from development.