Oil Drilling Along the Gulf Coast

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Florida's Gulf Coast holds many sources of aquatic life, electricity and tourism, but it also holds a source that experts argue on whether or not to tap into.

Celeste Cobena is the chair of Beach to Bay Connection in south Walton, and is a strong advocate against Gulf Coast drilling.

But on Thursday, two amendments went through the House, trying to eliminate the ban on drilling in the Gulf Coast, and off the U.S. Coast.

As the battle continues, supporters of drilling seem to be becoming even more vocal for their cause, and environmental supporters seem to be on the defense of their land.

The government sold some Gulf drilling leases back in the 1970s.

Since then, Congress passed a ban on Gulf drilling, strongly supported by both state government officials and Florida's congressional delegation.


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