offshore drilling

The American Petroleum Institute wants to expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast.  API says safety isn’t a concern this time. 

Supporters and opponents of offshore drilling have one thing in common: neither believe Florida is off the table in the federal government’s proposed 5-year offshore leasing plan.

Florida voters could be asked to ban oil drilling off Florida’s coasts. The proposal got the green-light Thursday before a Constitution Revision Commission Panel and there was little opposition.

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An executive order signed by the Trump Administration in late April seeks to expand oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, with many in the industry eyeing the eastern Gulf. Florida environmental groups argue the change could threaten tourism and the environment, but Florida's oil and gas industry say it would be a welcome change. 

The American Petroleum Institute is praising President Donald Trump’s latest move to open up the eastern Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling. But more than  half of Florida’s Congressional delegation stands opposed.