Offshore Drilling Plan Under Fire: Zinke May Have Violated Law, Senator Says

Inside Climate News: It took less than a week for cracks to develop in the Trump administration's plan to open almost the entire offshore area of the United States to oil and gas drilling.

On Tuesday evening—five days after releasing a draft five-year leasing plan that is unprecedented in scale—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Twitter that he was removing Florida from the plan.

"After talking with @FLGovScott, I am removing #Florida from the draft offshore plan," he tweeted. In another tweet, he wrote, "Local voice matters."

That decision set off an uproar along the coasts—and it could open Zinke's plan to legal challenges, as well as political ones.

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