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ICYMI: Rubio, Scott Call For 10-Year Ban on Florida Offshore Drilling

Mar 4, 2020 | Press Releases

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott want 10-year ban on drilling off Florida coast in Senate energy bill
By Steve Contorno
March 4, 2020
Tampa Bay Times
Florida’s two U.S. senators are pushing their colleagues this week to ban companies from drilling for oil in the east Gulf of Mexico for another decade, a moratorium that would extend well beyond President Donald Trump’s time in office.
Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are hoping to tack the proposal onto a sweeping energy bill that is quickly moving through the U.S. Senate and could be voted on this week. The existing moratorium is set to expire in June 2022 and the amendment offered by the two Republicans would extend that by 10 years.

Rubio recently held up the nomination of Katharine MacGregor as deputy secretary of the interior over these concerns. MacGregor has been involved in developing the administration’s Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Program which will decide in which waters oil and gas companies will be able to drill.
Rubio lifted the hold after his office met with MacGregor and she was later confirmed by the Senate.
“I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Trump administration to extend the offshore drilling moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico beyond its current expiration in 2022,” Rubio said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times. “When all is said and done, I am confident that the ban on oil drilling off of Florida’s coasts will remain in place.”

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