Maine senators opposes administration call for oil drilling

In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Maine's senators say the risks of environmental and economic damage outweigh any potential benefits. Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposed a dramatic shift in energy policy that would potentially reopen more than 90 percent of the U.S. coastline to oil and gas exploration. Currently, roughly 94 percent of the coastline – including all of the Atlantic and Pacific seaboards – is off-limits to oil and gas drilling

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Glad to see some unity.

"All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation – Republicans Collins and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, and King, an independent – subsequently said they opposed oil and gas drilling off Maine’s coast."

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2 minutes ago, JohnAtronis said:

Lobsters in danger?

Maine’s estimates $1.7 billion lobster fishery as well as other fishing industries. So, yes

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It looks like none of the coastal states favor this. Coincidental? 

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These [editing for violating community guidelines] should take a hike. Drilling is what made America great in the first place

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5 minutes ago, Joanna said:

It looks like none of the coastal states favor this. Coincidental? 

Note to environmentalists. Canada has been drilling off your coast since at least the early eighties.

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This is how the debate SHOULD go down: Maine's lobster industry is too valuable to risk. That simple. It's not just environmental politics here. It's business and what's best for the state. 

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