BAN DRILLING OFF FLORIDA COASTS

Like all members of the Florida congressional delegation, Democrats and Republicans alike, Jan Schneider supports a permanent ban on offshore drilling near Florida.

Most Floridians agree, close to 70% of us having voted in 2018 for a constitutional ban on drilling in state coastal waters.

Offshore Drilling

PROTECTING FLORIDA

For now, there is the moratorium extended and expanded by a September 8, 2020 Executive Order by President Donald Trump.  It prohibits drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and a swath of the South Atlantic.

 

There are, however, several problems with this moratorium, including that it only lasts until 2032 and could be rescinded before then.

 

Also, while Florida beaches, wildlife and tourist industries are protected from offshore drilling, the temporary ban does not prevent seismic exploration. Besides anticipating and targeting areas for future drilling, seismic testing itself can seriously harm marine wildlife.