WASHINGTON (April 25, 2019) – Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today told the Wall Street Journal that the Trump administration’s plans to open up nearly all U.S. coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling are on hold indefinitely.
The following is a statement from Kevin S. Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund:
“It’s no surprise to see Bernhardt and Trump regrouping on the administration’s radical and risky offshore drilling plan in the wake of an adverse court ruling. Bipartisan opposition to offshore drilling from a growing number of local, state and federal officials across America has made this a political loser for President Trump, and he knows it. Every candidate for federal office in 2020 will be asked whether they stand with Trump and the oil companies, or with the families, business owners, and local officials who oppose the expansion of dirty, dangerous and climate-wrecking drilling off our beaches.”