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Old 03-31-2010, 09:54 AM   #15
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Default Re: Obama to open offshore areas along coasts for drilling

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Environmentalists attack Obama plan to allow oil drilling off Florida's coasts

BY LESLEY CLARK

WASHINGTON -- Florida environmentalists are blasting the Obama administration's plans to expand offshore oil drilling, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast.

Various news reports say the plan includes allowing drilling beyond 125 miles off Florida's Gulf coastline, as well as studying the possibility of drilling off the mid- and southern Atlantic coasts.

Progress Florida, which has opposed past efforts to lift bans on offshore oil drilling, reacted quickly to the news.

``Offshore drilling, especially drilling as close as four miles from Florida's Atlantic beaches, tastes bad no matter which president from whatever party is serving it,'' said Progress Florida's Mark Ferrulo. ``The president's support doesn't change the facts. Expanded drilling won't lower gas prices and it represents a dirty and dangerous activity that risks catastrophic damage to our beloved beaches.''

Obama is hoping to get support from Republicans for a climate change bill, but 10 coastal state Democrats -- including Florida's Bill Nelson, who has vehemently opposed offshore drilling -- say they won't support a big expansion of drilling.

Republican Sen. George LeMieux has suggested he'd support offshore drilling if Florida could get a cut of the proceeds.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/3...#ixzz0jlYN3IC5

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