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Gwen Graham now taking on Adam Putnam over drilling

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Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham is now making offshore drilling an issue in the race, calling out Republican candidate Adam Putnam for not opposing President Donald Trump‘s efforts “to expand drilling off Florida’s beaches.” “Representing the Gulf Coast in Congress, I saw the long-lasting negative effects the BP oil spill had on our state’s economy,” she said in a statement. Graham represented the state’s 2nd Congressional District in 2015–17.

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Experts: Long road ahead for Donald Trump offshore drilling order

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President Donald Trump‘s executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling isn’t likely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a yearslong review and legal battle. Trump signed the order Friday aimed at dismantling a key part of former President Barack Obama‘s environmental legacy. “This executive order starts the process of opening offshore areas to job-creating energy exploration,” he said. “It reverses the previous administration’s Arctic leasing…

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Bill Nelson talks offshore oil drilling ban during Southwest Florida stop

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Sen. Bill Nelson vowed to fight off threats to drill in the waters off Florida’s west coast, telling Southwest Florida officials he’ll do whatever he can to protect the coastal communities. “Increasingly we have threats to drill in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida, and it’s getting to the point that I have to keep beating back these attempts,” said Nelson during a meeting in Fort Myers on Tuesday. In 2006, Nelson and then-Sen. Mel Martinez,…

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Bill Nelson vows to block Senate bill allowing oil drilling off Florida Gulf Coast

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson pledged to use “every possible procedural move” to prevent legislation opening areas off the Florida Gulf Coast to offshore drilling. In a letter to Senate leadership on Thursday, the Florida Democrat voiced his opposition to a vote by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which narrowly approved a GOP-backed offshore oil drilling measure. The brief letter went to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Minority Leader Harry Reid, the Senate’s leading Democrat. The committee…

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Gwen Graham co-sponsoring ban on seismic oil testing along Florida’s Atlantic coast

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham announced on Wednesday that she has joined several key Florida Democrats — plus one Republican, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey — in supporting a new bill on Capitol Hill to prevent seismic testing for oil along Florida’s eastern coast. The bill — H.R. 2276 — would partially contravene a decision made last year by the Obama administration to open up much of the Eastern Seaboard for oil exploration by way of sending powerful seismic sonar waves through the ocean. “North Florida…

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Bill Nelson files federal bill blocking seismic testing off Florida

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says he filed legislation that he says would block a federal plan to allow oil and gas exploration off Florida’s Atlantic coast. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is considering 10 permits to allow seismic testing from Delaware south to about Melbourne off the coast of Florida. There is no timeline on a permitting decision because they involve multiple agencies, a bureau spokesman said. Environmental groups and 75 scientists have asked President Barack Obama to halt the program because…

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Enviro groups blast proposed seismic testing off Atlantic coast

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Jacksonville is the only Florida city selected by ocean scientists up and down the Eastern Seaboard to raise the alarm about seismic testing. “We’ve tried to pick one coastal city in each state since there is enormous concern about this in coastal communities,” said Michael Jasny, director of Natural Resource Defense Council’s Marine Mammal Protection Project. An upcoming open house on the city’s Southside is part of a larger push by ocean scientists worldwide to pressure President Barack Obama to…

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