Pingree Vows to Fight Trump Administration’s Proposal to Drill in Nearly All U.S. Coastal Waters
PORTLAND, ME—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's proposal to undo a decades-old ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the United States:
“Since day one, President Trump has made every effort to harm Maine’s fishing and tourism industries with his dangerous rollbacks of EPA protections. His new plan to drill off our shores and relax safety standards is absolutely outrageous. It would cripple our state’s working waterfronts in order to give handouts to big oil and put the safety of our coastline at risk.
“President Trump's offshore drilling plan is unprecedented and will face major opposition from Mainers at its first public hearing on January 22. When I return to Washington next week, I’ll immediately start working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to oppose this fast-tracked plan to exploit our waters and loosen up the safety standards that help to prevent tragedies like the BP oil spill.”