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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Idea of oil drilling in U.S. coastal waters continues

In recent weeks, President Trump has again floated the idea of drilling in U.S. coastal waters in search of oil. It’s come up before. This oil lobbyists’ dream scheme was kicked around in 2017, but former Gov. Rick Scott assured us Florida’s coastline was safe, saying then-interior secretary Ryan Zinke had assured him that we would not be included in White House drilling plans. However, that assurance was never made official. Now we have a new governor, and a new interior secretary, and they’re singing the same old song. Just last week, the oil lobby sharks began circling again. But Gov. Ron DeSantis downplayed concerns Monday, saying interior Sec. David Bernhardt promised him Florida was off the hook. There’s an …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Seismic airguns approved for oil in Atlantic despite fears for marine life

Two weeks ago, this commentary addressed the latest push for offshore oil drilling, launched just days after Florida voters approved a ban on drilling in state-owned waters. So the Petroleum Council is trying to sell us — or more precisely, our elected representatives — on the benefits of drilling under federal waters, 3 nautical miles offshore. Now, this week the Trump administration has approved the use of seismic airguns to search for oil along the Atlantic Coast, from New England to Florida. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, these airguns generate pulses of sound 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine, going off every 10 seconds for 24 hours a day, often for weeks on end. These …
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Opponents in St. Augustine of oil and gas exploration. Photo by Amy Green

Outcry Along The Atlantic As Oil Exploration Considered

Across the Atlantic coast communities from Florida to New Jersey are speaking out against oil and natural gas exploration off their shores. They’re concerned about seismic testing. For the first time in 30 years the Obama administration says it will consider the testing in the Atlantic Ocean. That’s prompting leaders from beachy communities to Congress to voice alarm.
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