In shift, Rep. Harris says he opposes drilling off Maryland's coast, but supports it elsewhere

After previously saying he supports President Donald Trump's plans to expand offshore drilling, Rep. Andy Harris is opposing such energy projects off Maryland's coast because of opposition in Ocean City and other communities. Last month, the Trump administration unveiled its plans to expand drilling off the coast of California, in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard, from Maine to Florida. At the time, the proposal drew criticism from Democrats as well as Republicans, including Gov. Larry Hogan. But Harris, the state’s lone Republican representative in Washington, did not weigh in on the possibility of drilling off Maryland’s coast, simply saying he supported oil and gas exploration and production “if it can be done in an environmentally safe manner.” (Balt. Sun)

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