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About-Face Tweet on Florida Drilling May Backfire on U.S. Agency

  • Interior secretary cites Florida governor’s trustworthiness
  • Oil industry, environmentalists could use his words in court
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What Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan Means for Oil Output

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke just handed offshore drilling foes ammunition for lawsuits by declaring the Florida coast off limits.

Zinke declared he would dial back a proposal to auction drilling rights in as much as 90 percent of U.S. coastal waters less than a week after the plan was unveiled. The decision, announced Tuesday in a tweet, appeared to circumvent a detailed process laid out in federal law and came without any detailed explanation to justify the changes.