Congressman Rooney speaks on extending drilling moratorium in Eastern Gulf

Published Thursday, May 24, 2018
This is Congressman Rooney speaking to the Rules Committee about an amendment to extend the drilling moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
 
He will never stop fighting for our District and for Florida.  
 
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Congressman Francis Rooney on speaking at the Rules Committee about extending the offshore drilling moratorium in the Eastern Gulf

Washington, D.C.- On Tuesday, Congressman Francis Rooney spoke to the Rules Committee regarding an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which he co-sponsored with Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) seeking to make permanent the 2006 moratorium on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bay.

Congressman Rooney stated, “Enacting a permanent moratorium on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bay is of extreme importance to our Southwest Florida community. Our economy depends primarily on tourism and our shores are developed residentially, not commercially. Floridians across the political spectrum overwhelmingly oppose offshore drilling. Further, the Eastern Gulf is a critical training ground for our military. As the recently released report from the Department of Defense states, “EGOMEX is an irreplaceable national asset used by DoD to develop and maintain the readiness of our combat forces, and is critical to achieving the objectives contained in the National Defense strategy.”

“I spoke to the Rules Committee on Tuesday regarding the importance of the offshore drilling ban as critical to both our security and our economy, and that it is not worth putting Florida at risk for drill for a relatively small amount of hydrocarbons. I argued that it should be included in the NDAA but, unfortunately, the Committee disagreed. While disappointing, I will continuing to fight for a permanent ban on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf.”