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Trump yanks Florida from offshore drilling plan after objections

Republican Governor Rick Scott objected to Trump's plans of selling new drilling rights off the coast of Florida and the US president is thus ruling out the sales of oil and gas leases around Florida.

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The Trump administration is ruling out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida, including eastern Gulf of Mexico waters coveted by oil companies, amid pressure from Republican Governor Rick Scott.

The about-face came just five days after the Interior Department said it was considering selling oil and gas leases in more than 90 percent of US coastal waters, including on all sides of Florida – the straits in the south, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. 

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