Okaloosa County fights to keep offshore drilling out of the eastern Gulf Coast

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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Okaloosa County Commissioners are pushing to keep offshore oil drilling out of the eastern portion of Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to sign a resolution opposing the opening of additional areas for gas an oil exploration.

Officials said their main concern is drilling interfering with Eglin missions and the Department of Defense.

"It would compromise the mission simply because they would be structured in the way of where they’re firing missiles, testing ordinances, seeking targets, all of the above, so it keeps things free and clear," District 5 Okaloosa County, Kelly Windes said.

Officials said a moratorium for the eastern Gulf Coast will expire in 2022 and stress the necessity of keeping the area clear.