Florida Lawmakers Fighting New Offshore Drilling Legislation

Florida's congressional delegation is fighting back against new legislation that would open the state's coastline to offshore drilling.

The measure has been fueled by energy shortages and price increases linked to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Twenty-two of Florida's 25 U.S representatives have sent a letter of opposition to House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo.

An amendment to a Pombo-sponsored energy bill would lift presidential and congressional moratoriums on offshore natural gas drilling and let states decide on permitting oil drilling.

A spokeswoman for the California Republican says Pombo will try to work out a compromise.

Governor Jeb Bush and the state's two U.S senators also oppose the legislation.

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