Bill Nelson: Don’t look for energy in the Everglades

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday that the Everglades should be off limits to energy exploration, reacting to Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s comments over the weekend that the area should be explored if it can be done safely, reports the News Service of Florida. “We don’t need to be drilling for oil and gas in the middle of the Everglades,” the Democratic senator said on West Palm Beach TV station WPBF. “There is a 150-year supply of natural gas on land in non-environmentally sensitive areas from Louisiana to New York. So to go in the middle of the Everglades and to spoil the river of grass just because somebody wants to, that’s not a wise thing to do.” Bachmann said Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press that the U.S. should consider new exploration for energy in the Everglades and the eastern Gulf of Mexico if it can be done safely.

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