Congressman Francis Rooney Introduces Legislation to Permanently ban drilling in Eastern Gulf

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Congressman Francis Rooney Introduces Legislation to Permanently ban drilling in Eastern Gulf, January 12, 2018 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

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.”

Background:

  • H.R. 4770, Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, amends the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to permanently extend current moratorium boundaries.
  • Congressman Rooney is also a co-sponsor of two additional bills related to offshore drilling
    • H.R. 2002, Florida Coastal Protection Act – Provides for permanent extension of the eastern Gulf of Mexico moratorium, straits of Florida planning region, and South Florida planning area.
    • H.R. 2261, Marine Oil Spill Prevention Act – Extends existing eastern Gulf of Mexico moratorium to 2027 and codifies current drilling regulations.

 

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