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New York Threatens Lawsuit Over Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan

March 9, 2018, 4:03 PM

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman (D) threatened to sue the federal government if it doesn’t exclude ocean areas off of New York from its offshore drilling plan.

Schneiderman, in a March 9 letter to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said the state’s 1,850 miles of tidal shoreline should be exempt from the Trump administration’s plan announced earlier this year to allow drilling off most U.S. coastal waters.

Allowing offshore drilling in New York—especially off the coast of Long Island—would jeopardize the state’s tourism, fishing, and “ocean economy,” which contributes some ...