Seminole, FL – Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior Appropriations bill offered by Congressmen David Jolly (FL-13) and Curt Clawson (FL-19) that would prohibit researching, investigating or studying drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.
Current law establishes a moratorium on drilling in this region of the Gulf through 2022, and this provision prohibits the federal government from exploring future drilling in the prohibited area.
“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 coastal communities from the impact of drilling in the eastern Gulf and devastating events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010,” Jolly said.
You can watch Jolly’s floor comments here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFvKXbsIE0U&feature=youtu.be
The amendment was supported by a number of Representatives from Florida including Curt Clawson, Gwen Graham and Patrick Murphy.
“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 said.
The House is expected to pass the full FY 16 Interior Appropriations bill later this week.
Preston Rudie, Communications Dir.