The Associated Press
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist points to vessels of opportunity skimming for oil just off the beach in Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Friday. Crist was making a personal inspection of cleanup efforts along the Florida panhandle.
Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Governor Charlie Crist says the lifting of
a moratorium on deep water drilling is a threat to Florida's
Crist criticized the Obama administration's decision Tuesday to
end the ban that had been ordered after BP's Deepwater Horizon well
leaked crude into the Gulf of Mexico.
The oil temporarily fouled a few Panhandle beaches but scared
away tourists along Florida's entire Gulf Coast.
Crist said without a thorough investigation of what exactly
caused spill any drilling "is a job killer for Florida, not a job
The government was under heavy pressure from the oil industry
and other gulf states to resume drilling.
Crist is a former Republican running for the U.S. Senate as an
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