Bipartisan Florida Opposition to Offshore Drilling Plans

first_imgBipartisan Florida Opposition to Offshore Drilling Plans FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享McClatchy:Florida’s congressional delegation, citing the state’s vibrant tourism industry, delivered a unanimous, bipartisan and stern message of opposition to offshore energy exploration during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday.Congressional Republicans and Democrats took turns blasting the idea of putting fossil-fuel development near the state’s 825 miles of pristine beaches in order to boost energy production and oil company profits.While Ken Lawson, president and chief executive of Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing arm, told lawmakers that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion “will always serve as a stark reminder of what happens when we do not make our beaches, our waters and our environment our top priority.”BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded roughly 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, triggering an 87-day spill that released an estimated four million barrels of oil and gas. Along with 11 who died, 17 others suffered serious injuries and 115 people were evacuated from the rig, which sank.The hearing comes as the Trump administration nears a decision on whether to allow seismic testing for fossil fuel deposits along the Atlantic Coast. In January, the Trump administration dropped Florida from its plan to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in most U.S. coastal waters. The decision, in response to appeals from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, prompted calls for similar carve-outs from lawmakers in other coastal states like New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina. But similar exemptions have not been provided.More: Florida Congressional Delegation Gives Thumbs-Down To Offshore Drillinglast_img read more