Everglades Foundation’s Kirk Fordham: Scott’s suggestion for drilling would ‘unleash a firestorm of opposition ‘

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Everglades Foundation CEO Kirk Fordham has released the following statement in response to Rick Scott’s hair-brained suggestion to explore the possibility of drilling in the Florida Everglades:

“The Everglades is a special place where millions of Floridians, tourists, scouting and school groups hike, fish, hunt, kayak and explore. At this point, no energy company has even floated a proposal to drill in the Everglades,” Fordham said. “If there is any thought being given to expanding oil drilling into the Everglades, my suggestion to the Governor is quite simple: Don’t go there.  Unless Governor Scott wants to unleash a firestorm of opposition from hunters, fishermen, conservationists and millions of Floridians who depend on the Everglades for their water supply, he should abandon any notion of encouraging drilling in this sacred place.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.