Environmentalists Fight Effort To Allow Oil Drilling Closer To Florida's Coastline12/16/09 Robert Lorei
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There's a move by a group in Tallahassee to get the legislature to allow oil and gas drilling in state waters, 3-10 miles off Florida's coast. An economist hired by Florida Energy Associates- a major backer of expanded drilling rights- predicted last year that the state could reap $2.3 Billion dollars a year in direct revenue from oil and gas drilling. Environmentalists are concerned because they are being out-spent in Tallahassee and they say there are reasons to believe that expanded drilling will have a detrimental affect on Florida's environment.
We're joined by two environmentalists. Susan Glickman is with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Joe Murphy is with the Gulf Restoration Network.