Sen Bill Nelson wants pause in exploration until cause of oil spill determined
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04/29/10 Seán Kinane
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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) campaigned for Barack Obama in Tampa.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (Oct. 2008)

The massive oil spill in the Gulf is now increasing at five times the rate as previously thought, 5,000 barrels a day.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is filing legislation to "suspend certain activities in the outer Continental Shelf " until an investigation into the cause of the spill. The Democrat from Florida also wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking that oil exploration be stopped during the Deepwater Horizon accident investigation. Obama says the cause is still being investigated.

President Barack Obama said the fossil fuel company responsible for the rig that was destroyed, BP, is responsible for paying for the cost of the cleanup.

Nelson's letter to Obama

Nelson's bill

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Very concerned human

People wake up PLEASE ...Alaska had the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Alaska has BP at the North Slope they have more leaks there !! Butte, Montana the copper mines what the hay !!! Gas companies have profit that you and or I will ever see. These guys do not give a hoot about the earth ...

Don't give an inch!

The Florida Legislature study found that the oil available is small in terms of the world economy. It could never change the oil and gasoline prices; it could never reduce our dependency on foreign oil; it will not produce many jobs in Florida; and the owners of the drilling companies and refineries are not in Florida so corporate income taxes will not be collected here either. There is really nothing but risk for Florida. And now we see how risky it really is. There is no upside at all. How can any Floridian actually see any benefit to drilling near Florida? When will the relentless pressure ever end? Even if they spill oil and ruin our seafood supply/industry and tourism they will still want to drill. We should not give them ONE MORE INCH!