Gov. John Carney sent a letter Jan. 11 to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, requesting a meeting to discuss the Donald Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan.

The plan would open up areas in the Atlantic, including areas off the coast of Delaware, to new oil and gas drilling. Carney will urge Zinke to abandon the plan, which could pose risks for Delaware’s economy and natural resources.

“I am writing to express my strong concern and objection to your proposal to include areas in the Atlantic as part of a dramatic expansion of oil and natural gas drilling nationwide….Opening areas on the outer continental shelf off the Atlantic coast threatens the economic and environmental well-being of Delaware and states throughout the entire region,” Carney said.

“More than 7 million people visit Delaware’s coastal communities every year. They spend time on our world-class beaches, eat at restaurants, shop at local businesses and help support thousands of families that work in our local economy. Delaware’s coastal economy generates almost $7 billion in economic production to the state and supports over 60,000 jobs in the fishing, tourism and recreation sectors,” Carney said.

“The health of Delaware’s economy and environment are directly tied to the health of the state’s coastal areas. I cannot accept the tremendous risks associated with opening vast areas in the Atlantic to drilling. I request a meeting with you and your leadership team, as was granted to Florida, to discuss the proposal in more detail,” Carney said.

Carney’s full letter is available at