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The Wall Street Journal: Now that Florida is exempt from new offshore drilling, more governors ask ‘what about us?’

WASHINGTON — Several more governors are asking the Trump administration to pare back plans for one of the largest offshore-drilling expansions in history, adding to pressure that has already led officials to exempt Florida from the plan.

The governors of North and South Carolina have requested their own meetings with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a day after the secretary met with Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott in Tallahassee, then announced Florida would be carved out from the days-old proposal. Governors of New York, Oregon and Delaware have made similar appeals on Twitter while others released statements.

“New York doesn’t want drilling off our coast either. Where do we sign up for a waiver @SecretaryZinke?” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said on Twitter.

The appeals Tuesday evening and Wednesday were the latest wave in a backlash from members of both parties since Zinke announced his plans last Thursday. The resistance could throw into question the most expansive plan for offshore drilling since at least the Reagan administration, opponents and legal experts said. If the Interior Department doesn’t consider other states’ opposition or prove that Florida is different from other coastal states, it could make the plan vulnerable to legal claims that it was arbitrarily put together.

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