AG’s Office Threatens Lawsuit if Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Includes Washington

By The Chronicle

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter Monday to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off Washington’s coast. 

Ferguson warned Zinke that if Washington is not removed from the plan, he will file a lawsuit.

“As a fourth-generation Washingtonian, I know this part of my state very well,” Ferguson wrote. “Twenty years ago, I spent a week hiking from the Hoh River north to Shi Shi Beach. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Washington state’s coast is a special place, and it deserves protection.”

Ferguson’s position is that oil and gas exploration on Washington’s coast would put tourism, fishing and seafood processing at risk.  Zinke has pledged to grant an exemption to Florida, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

“Every reason identified by the Secretary in announcing his decision also applies to Washington,” Ferguson wrote.