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Delaware Governor Opposes Offshore Drilling in Letter to Trump Administration

Posted: 08/22/2017 11:25:00 -04:00 Updated:
Seismic testing may be happening off the East Coast as early as Fall 2017 (Photo: API) Seismic testing may be happening off the East Coast as early as Fall 2017 (Photo: API)

WILMINGTON, Del.- Delaware Gov. John Carney wrote a letter to the Trump Administration expressing his opposition to drilling for oil and gas in the federal waters off the coast of Delaware as well as anywhere in the Atlantic Ocean. 

In a letter to U.S. Secretary Ryan Zinke, Carney explained that over 60,000 jobs directly or indirectly support the fishing, tourism and recreation sectors. According to a 2012 Delaware Sea Grant analysis, Carney said that more then 10 percent of the state's total employment, taxes and production value are connected to coastal related activities. 

President Donald Trump first issued an executive order in April to review the restrictions the Obama Administration imposed on offshore drilling. In his letter, Carney said that maintaining Delaware's economic well-being and high quality of life is directly connected to preserving its coastal environment. 

He said that not only are residents perceiving offshore oil and gas drilling as a threat to their communities, but that citizens as a whole should be conscious of its impact on national issues. 

“We as a nation share the responsibility to ensure that energy decisions do not exacerbate the problems associated with climate change that are already being witnessed," Carney wrote in the letter.

He added, "The State of Delaware stands firm in its commitment to alternative energy development, and has prioritized working with neighboring states to develop a comprehensive strategy that will maximize the environmental and economic development benefits of adopting renewable energy."


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