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Florida Senate passes oil drilling moratorium resolution

Posted at 6:14 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 18:14:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A resolution passed by the Florida Senate calls for a continued moratorium on oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

That's to help prevent conflicts with military training. The chamber approved the non-binding message to Congress on a voice vote.

Senator Ed Hooper sponsored the resolution. He says Florida's Gulf Coast waters offer the U.S. military a training region unlike anywhere else in the nation.

Even the potential for any oil drilling expansion could jeopardize thousands of military jobs in the state.

"This range that we use for our military training is larger than all other test ranges in the United States, combined," said Hooper. "This sends a message to Congress to please extend that moratorium."

A similar resolution in the Florida House of Representatives was approved earlier this month.