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