Congressman Francis Rooney Introduces Legislation to Permanently ban drilling in Eastern Gulf
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced legislation to make permanent the moratorium on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is incompatible with our environment and endangers our military readiness. The moratorium on exploration and drilling was established in 2006 and will expire in 2022 unless Congress acts. It is critical for the future of Florida and our tourism-based economy that this effort to extend the moratorium succeed. I am thankful for the hard work of Governor Scott and the responsiveness of Secretary Zinke in carving Florida out of the Administration’s updated drilling plan, but we must ensure that future generations do not have to continue fighting this battle.”