Drlling for oil off Florida

    • Drlling for oil off Florida

      For a very long time there has been great resistance to the exploration off the Florida Coast. Looks like it will hange.

      Here is an extract from this piece : www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/…-group-endorses-drilling/

      It says :

      A Florida Tourism group has endorsed an idea that politicians and environmentalists have been trying to prevent for decades: the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the waters off Florida's Gulf Coast.

      State tourism officials long have opposed drilling off Florida's shores, but the Florida Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus now says drilling will help preserve the state's No. 1 industry.

      "Changes in global energy markets have affected the price and supply of oil and natural gas and subsequently may have a future impact on Florida's tourism industry," the association said in a three-page position statement.

      The association said it would support offshore drilling and production, but the operations must be at least 30 miles from the coastline.
      Florida's $65 billion-a-year tourism industry employs nearly 1 million people.

      Is it worth taking the risk?