[UPDATE] White House: No Drilling Off Florida Coast

By: Eyewitness News, AP Email
By: Eyewitness News, AP Email

[UPDATE] 12-1 11:55AM --

WASHINGTON (AP) --

In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

A senior administration official told The Associated Press on
Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department
will not propose any new oil drilling in the East Coast for at
least the next seven years.

Obama's earlier plan -- announced in March, three weeks before
the April BP spill -- would have allowed drilling from Delaware to
central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska. The new plan
allows drilling in Alaska, but officials said they will move
cautiously before approving any leases.

The eastern Gulf of Mexico was singled out for protection by
Congress in 2006 as part of a deal with Florida lawmakers that made
available 8.3 million acres to oil and gas development in the
east-central Gulf.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

The White House won't allow any new oil
drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven
years because of the BP oil spill.

A senior administration official told The Associated Press on
Wednesday, Dec 1, that drilling leases won't be considered in the waters off Florida as part of the change. He spoke on condition of
anonymity because the decision hadn't been announced yet.

He said that because of the BP spill, the administration now
understands the need to elevate safety and environmental standards.
Before the spill, the administration had considered a plan to allow
drilling in the eastern Gulf.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to discuss the
decision later Wednesday afternoon.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    well at least people are talking about it. if ethenol isn't the answer then maybe something else. think about what would happen if all of a sudden there wasn't any oil available. seriously folks, it's going to happen but as long as we all sit around doing nothing we will get caught with our pants down. something is better than nothing. everyone try getting up tomorrow and walking to work.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    Ethanol? Even Al Gore now admits he was wrong in forcing ethanol on the American people. He admits that he only broke the 50-50 tie and voted for it because he wanted the Tennessee and Iowa farmers vote in his run for president. It takes a lot of fossil fuel to make ethanol. Why bother?
  • by Dr Know Location: Carabelle on Dec 2, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    As a Republican and a Florida Gulf Coast resident I have no problem with this. I agree that there should be no oil drilling in the Gulf. We are only talking 2% of our oil source, suck it up and pay the extra price
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    Ethanol is so inefficient and the energy required to produce it uses more petroleum than actually using petroleum. Over 75% of oil isn't used for transportation anyways. It is used for lubricants, plastics and chemicals. There is SOOOO much more to it than putting gas into your car. Until government starts promoting education and exploration of new and innovative research we are never going to get out of the oil funk. But, until that time there is a need for oil and it makes no sense not to get it from our own property. Selling what we do get only to turn around and buy it from the OPEC cartel makes no sense. We need to stop trying to police the world and stop trying to not upset everyone and do what WE need to do to survive. We have turned into a country of wussies.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    How many cars are equipped to run on pure ethanol? That's the real question. How do we get from our oil based vehicles to something new? It will take years. natural gas is another alternative, but its not widely available. We have to have a plan, and right now there is no plan and until there is one we will be dependent on oil.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:12 AM,Do you have any idea how much it costs to produce ethanol?? A heck of alot more than gas and ethanol left in your tank produces moisture and puts water in your fuel tank,why do you think marinas sell gas with no ethanol?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    for all of you who wonder what to use to replace oil. the indy 500 was fueled by 100% ethenol. if they can make a car go over 200 miles an hour then I'm sure they can make a car go 70.
  • by Dorothy Location: Tally on Dec 2, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    AMEN to that! Things haven't even recovered from the BP oil spill & will take YEARS if not more. I am sure BP has gotten on with their lives while the people affected by the spill are still suffering.
  • by just sayin Location: tally on Dec 2, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    ROBIN....you should take your soapbox on tour and go to the dozens of other countries that are drilling in the gulf and call them idiots.....you would be among friends...
  • by SouthernVoice on Dec 2, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    @Robin Goodfellow,While you call people morons you need to look in the mirror,yes opec sets the price but if we used our oil instead of selling it to Japan and turning around and buying it from sand land for a higher price it would be cheaper. If all the tree huggers would shut up and let us drill in Colorado and the Dakotas where there is more oil than all of the middle east it would be cheaper. If we would use the oil from Texas and Oklahoma instead of drilling and capping it would be cheaper. One more thing,All you idiots screaming keep our gulf clean need to realize China is out there drilling now.
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