Gulf drilling expansion vote is next week
Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâm Rob Lorei. Coming up first today: there will soon be a vote in the U.S. Senate to open up the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling. Weâll speak with two environmentalists about the upcoming vote.
Later, since this program has not been on for several weeks- itâs our first opportunity to talk about the political conventions. And weâll do that in the second part of the program.
First up, oil drilling in the gulf:
From todayâs Associated Press: âSenate democrats are promising a series of votes next week on offshore oil drilling on coasts including Florida's. Majority leader Harry Reid says he's ready to take a compromise bill that will allow limited oil and gas drilling 50 miles out in the Atlantic off Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, and off Floridaâs gulf coast.
"Republican leaders are expected to push for broader offshore Drilling and are likely to call for lifting drilling bans along Both the pacific and Atlantic coasts as well as the eastern gulf of Mexico. Several senators from both parties support the multistate bill, though Florida democrat Bill Nelson isn't among them. Nelson is hinting at a filibuster, saying he won't let Florida be "a sacrificial lamb."
Weâre joined now by two environmentalists: T.J. Marshall is with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Miami and Dr. Enid Sisskin is with a group in Pensacola called Gulf Coast Environmental Defense.
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