Francis Rooney Introduces bill to Permanently Protect Florida’s Gulf Coast from Offshore Drilling

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Francis Rooney Introduces bill to Permanently Protect Florida’s Gulf Coast from Offshore Drilling, January 3, 2019 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a bill to permanently ban oil and gas leasing, preleasing, and related activities in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

 

Congressman Rooney stated, “Water quality impacts all of Florida’s residents and visitors. I want to ensure that all areas east of the Military Mission Line in the Gulf of Mexico are permanently protected from offshore oil drilling. In 2022, the moratorium on drilling and exploration will expire. Offshore drilling will negatively affect our environment, tourism, and military readiness. I am fighting to protect our Florida coast for future generations to enjoy - Florida’s economy is dependent on clean water and a healthy environment.” 

 

Background:

 

  • The Military Mission Line was established by the 2006 GOMESA law to delineate the military testing area as being off limits to oil exploration. This moratorium will expire in June 2022 unless extended and it has been reported that the Department of Interior would like to permit seismic testing in this area.

 

  • The proximity to major military bases and its large-scale make the Eastern Gulf of Mexico area a unique asset for national defense that cannot be replicated.

 

  • Florida’s military bases have over $70 billion in economic impact on our state, according to research by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

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