New York state requests exemption from expanded offshore drilling plan

New York’s governor announced on Monday that it has joined the growing list of states to have requested an exemption from the planned expansion of offshore oil drilling being touted by the administration of US President Donald Trump.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement revealed that New York had formally requested back in March to be excluded from the new five-year National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

And the governor said that if the request is not met then his state is prepared to pass a Save Our Waters bill that would effectively render the offshore energy production impossible.

The law would bar leases for oil and gas E&P in New York waters, prevent transportation of crude oil produced in federal waters through the state’s navigable waters and prohibit on state land any infrastructure associated with offshore production.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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