Coastal oil drilling moves closer to reality04/21/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up, we'll take a look at a proposal to allow oil drilling closer to Florida's coastline. And later there's a proposal to make it harder to vote here in Florida.
But first, some listener comments about last Thursday's program. We had two interviews: with Norm Allen of African Americans for Humanism, and also with two religious leaders with a group called FUSE: Faiths United for Sustainable Energy.
The St. Petersburg Times website is reporting today that the oil and gas industry has persuaded lawmakers to vote 17-6 along party lines to open the door to oil and gas exploration in the state waters.
The council approved an amendment by Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Orlando, that would lift Florida's ban on oil drilling off state waters and replace it with a plan to allow the governor and Florida Cabinet to seek bidders to lease state land for exploration and ultimately drilling of oil and gas.
We're joined now by Eric Draper, the policy director at Audobon of Florida. His group and other environmentalists are opposed to lifting the ban.
For more information, visit Audobonofflorida.org.