Florida Senator Bill Nelson took to the Senate Floor on Wednesday to pledge to fight any attempts by Donald Trump to authorize any additional drilling areas off of the Florida coast. The speech comes ahead of a possible executive order that would undo some environmental restrictions set in place by President Barack Obama following the BP oil leak.
“Drilling off of Florida’s neighboring states poses a real threat to our states environment and our multi-billion dollar tourism industry.” began Nelson “That’s because a spill of off the coast of Louisiana can end up on the beaches of Northwest Florida just like a spill of off the coast of Virginia or North Carolina can effect the entire east coast.”
The order will “review of the locations available for offshore oil and gas exploration and of certain regulations governing offshore oil and gas exploration.” It’s unclear how the order is expected to affect drilling near Florida in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Nelson pledges lawmakers on both sides of the aisle from Florida will oppose opening any additional territories opened up for drilling.
“I hope the president thinks twice before putting Florida’s economy at such a risk. I hope he refrains from issuing this executive order, but if he doesn’t, this senator and a bipartisan delegation from Florida will fight this order.” concludes Nelson.