The Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore oil and gas leasing to nearly all federal waters will be “winnowed down,” potentially in response to opposition from governors of coastal states, David Bernhardt, the nominee to head the US Interior Department, said Thursday. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Bernhardt said the release of the proposed offshore leasing plan, once expected by November of last year, was not imminent. “We’re at the very beginning of our process,” Bernhardt said. “We’re at, like, step one, not step seven, so we have to work through that process.” Bernhardt, who is currently Interior’s deputy secretary, said that he would “absolutely” work with states on the offshore leasing proposal. The plan has been opposed by all east and west coast governors, both Democrats and […]