Contrary to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tweet from a few days ago, the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, stated at a Congressional hearing this morning that Florida is not off the table for offshore drilling activities.
“The administration is playing hokey pokey with Florida’s coasts,” said Jennifer Rubiello of Environment Florida. “First they put them in, then they take them out, and now this morning we hear they aren’t out after all. We’re getting shaken all about.”
“Opening up Florida’s coastal waters to drilling means opening them to potential disaster — destroyed beaches, lost sea life and ruined fishing grounds. It makes no sense to endanger our beautiful coasts and beaches, and way of life here, all for a little more oil,” added Rubiello.