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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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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.