Boyd Drilling

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Congressman Boyd says he's also fighting to protect another, larger panhandle waterway, the Gulf of Mexico.

Rising gas prices have bolstered arguments for dropping the moratorium on natural gas and oil drilling in the eastern Gulf.

Boyd and the rest of Florida's congressional delegation are fighting those proposing the drilling legislation. They say it will have catastrophic affects on the state's environment, but it could also hurt the economy, ruining the tourists’ beaches and compromising the military's missions.

Allen Boyd says, "You're seeing this high cost of energy now, high cost of crude oil, if you will, being used as an excuse or a prop to advance the notion that it's okay to drill the Florida Gulf, and it's not."

On a positive side, Boyd says the gas crisis has spurred on more interest, among those in Congress, for finding alternative energy sources.