BAKER REITERATES OPPOSITION TO ENERGY DRILLING OFF MASSACHUSETTS
By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 11, 2018.....Reminding him of the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010, the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation called on Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday to join his counterparts in other states and formally oppose the Trump administration's new offshore drilling plan. Through a spokesman, the governor expressed his opposition to drilling in the Atlantic.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke last Thursday announced a proposal that would make more than 90 percent of the national outer continental shelf available for oil and gas exploration -- currently, 94 percent of federal offshore acreage is off-limits, according to the American Petroleum Institute.
In a letter to Baker dated Wednesday, delegation members said the governors of New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Oregon, New Hampshire, Florida, and Washington had formally opposed the administration's proposed five-year offshore drilling plan. They said energy drilling could jeopardize 83,000 commercial fishing jobs in Massachusetts and 100,000 tourism jobs.
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