Castor introduces legislation banning offshore drilling listen04/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Tampa area Democrat Kathy Castor announced new legislation today to prevent oil drilling off the coast of Florida.
The eastern Gulf of Mexico is currently under a moratorium that expires in 2022, originally part of a compromise bill that opened part of the Gulf to drilling in exchange for a moratorium to 125 miles off the Florida Coast (with the exception of a small part of the Panhandle). Castor opposed that compromise and now says she will now file a bill to make the ban permanent and protect Floridaâ€™s coastline from the hazard of new offshore oil and gas drilling.
Weâ€™ll hear from her tomorrow night on federal legislation to address the foreclosure crisis in the country.