Drilling Support Waning

Like a slow motion nightmare, the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico continues to grow. Millions of gallons are hovering near Louisiana and most experts agree Florida won’t remain unscathed.

The leak is beginning to change opinions about offshore oil drilling.

The latest Mason Dixon poll shows 55 percent of Floridians oppose the plan

In 2008, when gas was four dollars a gallon 60 percent of Floridians supported coastal drilling.

Audubon of Florida is happy to see support waning.

“The potential for a spill that is miles and miles off a neighboring state’s coast having very real potential to change that way of life for us, and Floridians recognize having a spill that far away could have those kinds of implications, what could a spill three miles off our coast do,” said Julie Wraithmell, with Audubon of Florida.

But there’s still not enough opposition to pass a constitutional ban on drilling.

35 percent of Floridians are still in support.

Kelly O’Brien is one of them. O’Brien believes once the cause of the accident is fully understood, drilling will become safer.

“I think this is just a setback and it’s discouraging, but I think that it’s very shortsighted to say let’s give up drilling in the Gulf Coast,” said O’Brien.

If lawmakers do put a ban in front of voters in November and the appetite for drilling doesn’t change, the plan could die at the ballot box.

Environmentalists say once people begin seeing an impact on Florida beaches they expect to see support for drilling to fall even lower.


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  • by jimmy j. Location: leon on May 16, 2010 at 10:44 AM
    every time bp sneeses they blow out a cool 100 million.
  • by ALL THAT WORK ON THEAMERICAN PEOPLE FOR NOTHING. Location: BIG OIL on May 16, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    all that work screwing up the economy with $5 gas to encourige people to drill of florida's coast. and all the homes and business that were lost. and families that was destroyed. IT WENT ALL DOWN THE TUBE WITH THIS DISASTER. THAT IS THE ONLY REASON YOUR GOVERNMENT IS UPSET.BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. OIL COMPANYS ARE LIKE UNIONS ONSE THEY GET IN YOU CANT GET THEM OUT. SAY NO TO DRILLING OFF THE FLORIDA COAST EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN. IF THE FLORIDA GOVERNMENT CANT BE HAPPY WITH THE TAX DOLLARS THAT IT RECEIVES FROM TOURIST O WELL.DRILL BABY DRILL. DRILL BABY DRILL. BP,HALIBURTON,TRANSOCEAN SHOULD BE SUEID OUT OF THIS COUNTRY. they were careless in this situation and the enviroment will pay.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on May 14, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    BP wants to CAP losses at $27million since this is law written in 1851 HAHA HAHAHAHAHA. there is NO CAP for the losses done to the coastal states..what cap. there will not be divideneds to share holders again. Keep BP,Transocean,Halliburton responisble for this mess. THis is NOT St James Sound.that is still a mess after 20yrs
  • by Beth Location: Tallahassee on May 14, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    10 miles isn't far enough. Deepwater Horizon was 50 miles off LA coast and it's affecting every Gulf coast state. No drilling in the Gulf...period!
  • by james Location: home on May 14, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    the spill was an accident people look at the big picture too many people are scared just drill if not close to coast go out to internationl waters
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on May 14, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    This really makes sense. Ban drilling now while feelings run high. Then when gasoline is over $4 a gallon, electric bills are rising monthly and the economy goes down more who will be the first to complain? The very people who stopped drilling of course.
  • by Jay Location: Over Round Home on May 14, 2010 at 05:01 AM
    Once the voters see how much BP little spill will cost the tax payers for clean up and loss of revenue the poll numbers will drop like a stone. Remember the Gov is already calling Washington DC dailing for dollars cause the state is already strapped for money. Get real all you politicans looking for a vote. Getting voted out seems to be the answer. Let's start over with a whole new crew and see what happens next.
  • by ccw Location: inyourface on May 14, 2010 at 04:35 AM
    KNEE JERK REACTION.
  • by LINDA Location: Tallahassee on May 13, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    I was just curious about the 35% who are still for offshore drilling or even the 60% in 2008. I never was included in that percentage nor were any of my neighbors. I know this for sure and come to think about it my moma and everyone else Ive asked knows nothing about this percentage so my question is, where are these percentages coming from?????
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