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The Energy 202: Many states oppose Trump's offshore drilling plan. House Republicans want to cha

Many elected leaders from both parties, and on both the East and West coasts, have voiced opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling.

To that, Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee had something to say: If you want to block offshore development, put your money where your mouth is.

That committee, led by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), put forward a proposal this week to impose hefty fees on states that do not approve of drilling for oil and natural gas off their coasts, I reported Wednesday.

Here is how that no-drill fee would work, if it comes to fruition: The committee's draft proposal says that states will be allowed to disapprove of drilling offshore in up to half of the lease blocks off its coast without incurring a penalty.


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