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house Bill H.R. 5014

Should the Moratorium on Oil & Gas Exploration Off Florida’s Coast be Extended?

Argument in favor

Floridians don’t want offshore oil and gas drilling along their coast, so the existing moratorium on leasing and drilling should be extended by seven years through 2029.

IllWill's Opinion
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04/02/2018
We need to face the fact that a lot of this oil just needs to be kept in the ground. The time is now to invest heavily in renewable energy.
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Camile's Opinion
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04/02/2018
Yes, but make it apply to all coastal states.
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Ben's Opinion
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04/02/2018
Keep the Oil Robber Barons off our shores!
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Argument opposed

There’s already a moratorium on leasing and drilling for oil or gas off the Florida coast, let lawmakers reevaluate it as it gets closer to expiring in 2022.

jakuta's Opinion
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04/02/2018
The moratorium should apply to all coastal states, why does Florida get special treatment when Maryland has beautiful beaches too.
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Jaron's Opinion
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04/02/2018
Moratorium for new drilling should be instituted for all coasts, not just Florida
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Mary's Opinion
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04/02/2018
We need to produce more oil and become energy independentl
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What is House Bill H.R. 5014?

This bill — known as the PROTECT Florida Act — would extend the moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration off the coast of Florida by seven years, pushing back the earliest time that such activities could occur from 2022 to 2029. It would include a new moratorium on drilling and exploration in the Florida Straits and South Atlantic off Florida’s coast.

The bill’s full title is the Preserving Recreation, Oceans, Tourism, Environment, and Coastal Towns in Florida Act.

Impact

Floridians; oil and gas companies; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5014

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) introduced this bill to extend the moratorium on drilling and exploration for oil and gas off Florida’s coast. He and nine other House Republicans from Florida wrote in a joint op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times:

“As the Eastern Gulf moratorium nears its expiration in 2022 and actions are underway to expand seismic work in the gulf and the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, legislative action, like passage of the PROTECT Florida Act, is needed now more than ever. Floridians must unite to protect our clean and healthy Florida beaches, ocean ecosystems and coastal communities.”

This legislation has the support of nine cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans from Florida.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: luismmolina / iStock)

AKA

Preserving Recreation, Oceans, Tourism, Environment, and Coastal Towns in Florida Act

Official Title

To provide for a moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida until 2029, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2018