Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Center Opposes Expanded Offshore Oil Drilling

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-10 to approve Senator Byron Dorgan's (D-N.D.) plan to allow expanded oil and gas leasing as close as 45 miles from Florida's coast. If kept in the climate/energy legislation, this amendment would upend a 2006 compromise with Florida senators that provided their state at least a 125-mile buffer in most areas until mid-2022.

The Center opposes this amendment and expanded offshore oil drilling.
(NYTimes, 6/9/09)

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