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7/14/2016 Member News
Jolly to introduce amendment prohibiting expansion of drilling in the Eastern Gulf

Rep. Jolly to introduce amendment to protect Florida’s coastal communities

Amendment, offered with Reps. Clawson and Graham, prohibits expansion of drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) will offer an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior Appropriations bill that would prohibit expansion of drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area. The amendment will be introduced along with Congressmen Curt Clawson (FL-19) and Congresswoman Gwen Graham (FL-2).

“We can achieve energy independence without expanding drilling to the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. And it is paramount that we take steps to continue protecting our pristine beaches, our fisheries, our marine sanctuaries, and our coastal communities from the impact of drilling in the Eastern Gulf and devastating events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010,” Jolly said. “The bottom line is the economic benefits simply do not outweigh the risks.”

Current law established a moratorium on drilling in this region of the Gulf through 2022, and this provision prohibits the federal government from planning future drilling into the prohibited area.

“I’m proud to work with Representative Jolly on this bipartisan amendment to strengthen the ban on drilling in the Eastern Gulf,” Rep. Graham said. “Our military leaders oppose drilling in the Eastern Gulf, environmentalists oppose it, and the tourism industry opposes drilling off Florida’s beaches. Congress should listen to all these stakeholders and reaffirm the ban with this amendment.”
“Recognizing the need for America to compete globally by having a ready-supply of cost-effective energy, I still believe the risk of drilling in the eastern Gulf isn’t worth it, given what we saw recently with the BP disaster. Because of the vast lands and the expanding technologies that our country offers, there are better, safer places to find America’s energy supply, without putting the wildlife, the shores and the communities of Florida’s Gulf Coast in danger,” Clawson added.
Last year, a similar amendment by Congressman Jolly was passed by the House.
This year’s amendment is expected to be taken up during this week’s debate of the FY17 Interior Appropriations bill.