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The bill, titled Save Our Waters, is the most significant action the Democratic governor has taken in opposition to a plan from President Donald Trump to open up nearly all U.S. coastal waters to oil drilling.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the governors noted how Florida successfully received an exemption from this policy shift and demanded the same consideration be given to their states.
"New England depends on healthy, protected shorelines and the Trump Administration just put it all at risk," U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said.
“Allowing drilling anywhere on the East or West Coasts would threaten key economic drivers for these states such as fishing and tourism with the risk of an oil spill. Offshore oil spills don’t respect state boundaries and a spill off the coast of one state could easily affect another,” the senators wrote.