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Editorial: Keep oil drilling away from Florida

Editorial: Keep oil drilling away from Florida  #pfla #ecofl

  • Editorial: Keep oil drilling away from Florida 08/18/16 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:47pm] Photo reprints | Article reprints
  • It’s critical that U.S. officials remain engaged with Cuba over who controls a portion of the gulf and what drilling might take place there and that the federal government preserves and extends a drilling moratorium that protects the gulf waters closest to Tampa Bay.
  • The negotiations over the Eastern Gap also reinforce the importance of keeping and extending the moratorium in eastern gulf waters that bans drilling within 235 miles of Tampa Bay and 125 miles of the Panhandle.
  • Better relations with Cuba, U.S. energy policy and the existing drilling moratorium are all issues affecting Florida and Tampa Bay.
  • Drilling supporters argue that oil drilling is safer since the 2010 BP oil spill, which fouled more than 100 miles of Florida’s coastline and created a slick the size of South Carolina.

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Oil spills recognize no international borders or regulatory boundaries. They show no mercy for tourism economies or pristine beaches. So while Tampa Bay has been spared from the most devastating consequences of major spills in the Gulf of Mexico, the state cannot depend solely on good luck. It’s critical that U.S. officials remain engaged with Cuba over who controls a portion of the gulf and what drilling might take place there and that the federal government preserves and extends a drilling moratorium that protects the gulf waters closest to Tampa Bay.


Editorial: Keep oil drilling away from Florida

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