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Webster Statement on Trump Administration Proposal That Considers Drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Daniel Webster (R-Clermont), released the following statement regarding the 2019-2024 proposed National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing plan released by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

“Given Florida’s gulf coast is a world-renowned tourist attraction and the base of important military training and weapons testing, I have long opposed drilling off Florida’s Gulf Coast. This plan underscores the critical need to renew the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area moratorium that expires in 2022. I have expressed my opposition to opening these waters to drilling to Secretary Zinke.  I look forward to continuing to work with him and my colleagues in Florida Delegation to extend the moratorium and protect Florida’s unique ecosystem.”