Ryan Zinke

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to be doubling down on the confusion, about whether or not Florida is exempt from a five-year offshore drilling plan announced in January.

Appearing before the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, Zinke responded to Rep. Norma Thomas, a California Democrat, about why her state didn’t get an exemption like Florida.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Supporters and opponents of oil drilling closer to Florida’s shoreline refused Thursday to accept U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s declaration that the state wouldn’t be part of a White House plan to expand exploration.

Last Thursday’s hearing in Tallahassee, sponsored by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, is one of 22 being held through March 8 nationwide and was the lone such meeting to be held in Florida.

““I don’t want your kids ever to fight on foreign shores for a resource we have here,” said Zinke last month in Tallahassee.  

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One week after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s pledge to remove Florida from a plan to expand oil and gas drilling off the U.S coast, another Trump administration official says that decision has yet to be made.

Walter Cruickshank, the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, told the House Natural Resources Committee Friday morning that Florida is not off the table” for drilling, sparking an exchange with Congressman Jared Huffman, (D-CA).

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The Trump administration’s decision to exclude Florida from the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling is drawing both clapping hands and raised eyebrows.

After meeting with Governor Rick Scott at the Tallahassee Airport on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off Florida’s Atlantic coast would be "off the table."