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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Trump Decision to Expand Offshore Drilling

January 4, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on the Trump administration's decision to expand offshore oil and gas drilling off all U.S. coasts:

"The Trump administration's decision to allow offshore drilling off all U.S. coasts— including protected areas of the Acrtic and the Atlantic — threatens the safety of American communities and the health of our environment. It fits the pattern of this administration’s reckless approach to drilling and mining. President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are clearly determined to pad the profits of Big Oil and extractive industries, while putting natural treasures like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Minnesota’s own Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness at risk of destruction.

"In May, I joined a bipartisan group of House members urging Secretary Zinke to maintain existing policies that protect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from oil and gas exploration. Now, I plan to work with across the aisle with my colleagues and with concerned Americans to overturn Secretary Zinke’s disastrous decision and protect our coasts from dangerous drilling."