Oil Drilling

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson today filed a bill that would extend the moratorium on oil drilling off Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast. The move comes the day after the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill. 

The bill would extend the moratorium on drilling at least 125 miles off Florida's Gulf Coast until 2027. The ban currently is in place until 2022, but last week, another senator from Louisiana moved to repeal it. The bill by Sen. Bill Cassidy would allow oil rigs at least 75 miles closer to Florida's western coastline.

Nandu Chitnis

Marine scientists from across the globe are joining a growing number of Floridians opposed to oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast.

In a letter made public Thursday, the 75 scientists warn the seismic testing would have a widespread and long-lasting impact on marine life.

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Environmental and political groups want the Florida Legislature to tackle oil and gas laws this year. The League of Women Voters of Collier County held a luncheon on Monday aimed at getting their members educated on the future of oil exploration in Florida.

Nandu Chitnis

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson says Florida had a big win this week when the Obama administration didn’t include the state in its new plan to open up the east coast to offshore drilling. 

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State Sens. Darren Soto and Dwight Bullard filed legislation Tuesday banning fracking in Florida in an effort to protect the state’s water supply and economy. 

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