Push to Increase Drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

A push is on to increase drilling off Florida's gulf coast.

An organization called FloridaOil.org hopes to get an amendment to increase oil drilling on the 2010 ballot.

If the amendment passes, drilling could take place within 10 miles to 125 miles of the coast, according to Pace Allen, a founding member of FloridaOil.org.

"If we can get the governor to promote a deal that returns some of the revenue to the citizens, as Alaska has done, then it's a real win because the revenue goes right back to the citizens," Allen said.

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson opposes proposals to allow drilling.

"We have to kill this attempt by big oil to come in and hurt national security, trash our beaches and trash our economy," Nelson said Friday in Tampa.

Floridaoil.org needs to collect 700,0000 voter petitions to get on the ballot. The group plans to launch an outreach effort on the 4th of July with the message, "It's time for energy independence."


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  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Jun 13, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    NO NO NO. drilling off shore WILL NOT get FLa any oil. It will only destroy our beaches. Look what developers have done to the land;fill,drain and BUILD BUILD and BUILD some more. This is not the Fla of my childhood. This FLa is a wasteland of building & paved roads. Fla is ONE OF A KIND.leave the drilling to Texas.
  • by alek Location: port orange on Jun 13, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    drilling will just destroy our beaches and the environment!!
  • by Joe Location: Tallahassee on Jun 13, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    The nation will need more domestic oil and natural gas as we transistion ourselves to a more renewable energy economy. That transition will take decades. How about an import tax on imported oil while removing the tariff (tax) on Brazilian ethanol.
  • by BULL Location: FLORIDA on Jun 13, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    I SURE HOPE OLE BILLY BOY IS LOOKING AT THESE COMMENTS CAUSE HE'S BEATING A DEAD HORSE. THE POLES SAY DRILL HERE DRILL NOW LET THEM CAMEL JOCKIES WALK THE DESERT AGAIN AND QUIET LIVING HIGH ON CAMEL (I ABOUT SAID HOG LMSO).
  • by Robert Location: McAlpin, Fl on Jun 13, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    Bill Nelson is just like the rest of the Democrats. He wants us to not drill of the coast of Florida so that we will forever be in the choke hold of forein oil. I cant wait for the elections to post my vote against him.
  • by anonymose Location: wakulla on Jun 13, 2009 at 03:50 AM
    Lets show Mr Bill Nelson @ the poles that we are tried of his BS and that he needs to get out of the way and let someone else lead Florida. He has been in there to long. .Lets get the 700.0000 petitions we needs and the voters.
  • by Greg Location: Oklahoma on Jun 13, 2009 at 01:00 AM
    Drill like a soldier his first night on leave!
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