Controversial measure making it easier to explore for oil on state-owned land appears dead

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A controversial measure to make it easier to explore for oil and gas on state-owned land appeared dead Tuesday as the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee chose not to take up the measure, SB 1158, during its last meeting of the 2012 session, reports the News Service of Florida. Committee chairman Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, said the votes weren’t there to pass it out of committee, with members concerned about a lack of specificity in the bill and its potential impact on Everglades. An amendment to limit the bill’s impact to the Florida panhandle did not come up as the committee chose instead to postpone action on the bill. The House bill, HB 695, is scheduled to be heard in the State Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Dean said you can never say never in the legislative process, but indicated it was very doubtful the measure would see furhter light this session.

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