Environment & Energy

Maine Governor Yanks State from Offshore Oil, Gas Coalition

Feb. 25, 2019, 10:46 PM

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) has yanked the state’s membership in a coalition of states that back oil and gas development off their coasts.

The Interior Department touched off a wave of outrage among coastal states in January 2018 when it issued a broad plan for exploratory offshore drilling.

Almost all coastal states vehemently opposed the idea except for six—Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi and Texas—who were big boosters. They formed the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, with former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) as its chair.

But November’s election brought change...

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