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Despite Reports of Little Oil and Little Support from Coastal Residents, Florida Moves Closer to Offshore Drilling


Oil drilling bill introduced in Senate
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Senator Haridopolos introduced this legislation over the weekend. It would allow drilling within 3 miles of the coast and would take effect on July 1, 2010.

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“A new report says drilling in Florida waters would “have no discernible impact” on gas prices or the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, but could pump millions into state coffers. […] However, the report also said that the state’s estimated oil reserves – less than 100 million barrels – would satisfy the U.S. demand for oil for less than a week.”

Report says oil supplies in Fla. waters negligible
“Estimated reserves in Florida waters would provide the United States with less than a week's worth of oil and have no discernible effect on prices at the pump or U.S. reliance on foreign oil, says a report released Friday as part of a state Senate review of whether a ban on offshore drilling should be lifted.”

In Florida, support for offshore drilling depends on where you live
“When it comes to drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, it's as if there are two Floridas. The people who live and work along the Gulf Coast tend to oppose it. Counties and cities around the state's western rim -- including Pinellas County, Largo, Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg and Safety Harbor -- have passed resolutions opposing offshore drilling. Much of the support for the Legislature lifting the state's longtime ban on offshore drilling is coming from the state's inland areas, where no swimmer will ever encounter a tarball.”


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