Congressman Francis Rooney Leads Florida Delegation Letter to Department of Interior Opposing Offshore Drilling
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Rooney led a letter with the entire Florida Congressional Delegation urging Acting Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt to prevent offshore drilling off the coast of Florida.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Our beaches drive Florida’s more than $100 billion in tourism revenue. Coastal communities and businesses — charter boat captains, hotels, restaurants, recreational outlets, tourist services of all types — all depend on a healthy and pristine marine environment. Even the most remote risk or perception thereof undermines our tourism-driven economy.
“Additionally, drilling and exploration activities would have severe impacts on military readiness and training. Military ranges in the gulf and Atlantic are used to test cutting-edge munitions and technologies for our armed forces. The most critical testing is done just east of the Military Mission Line, where drilling is currently prevented by the moratorium. Drilling and exploration within these training areas would interfere with vital military activities.
“There is no place for offshore drilling off the coast of Florida and I am proud to join with all of my colleagues from Florida to emphasize the importance of exempting Florida’s coasts from any offshore drilling in the five-year plan.”
The Administration’s five-year plan for oil and gas leasing is set to be released soon.