April 29th, 2010
03:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Florida senator calls for temporary halt to offshore drilling plans

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida called Thursday for a halt to exploratory oil operations in coastal waters and said he plans to introduce legislation to block expanded off-shore drilling while authorities investigate the explosion and fire that sank an oil rig in the Gulf Coast.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Nelson said the potential environmental and economic damage from the current spill required immediate preventive actions until the cause is discovered.

"Until we learn what happened, I'm asking that you also call for an immediate halt of test wells and all other exploratory operations in coastal waters," said the letter from Nelson, a Democrat.

In addition, Nelson said he would file legislation "that would for the time being prohibit the Interior Department from acting on your administration's plans to expand offshore drilling, including seismic testing and other exploratory operations."

The prohibition would exclude producing wells, the letter said.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Larry

    This is very unfortunate but if we don't find sourses of our own oil we're going to continue to be at the mercy of OPEC.

    April 29, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. WrongKindofChange

    So when there's a plane crash do we stop all flights until the problem can be figured out and dealt with? Not to my knowledge.

    This was a terrible accident that should be dealt with. To stop all production and drilling however until it is figured out would drive up gas prices higher than they've ever been.

    April 29, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. smarterthanyou

    the moratorium on OIL DRILLING makes sence. as a florida resident i have been hearing and reading articles about natural gas deposits off the east (atlantic) coast of florida. why not drill there???? there are vehicles in europe that run off natural and LP gas, why doesn't GM deveolp one of those???

    April 29, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. johnnyhouse

    Why don't we hear what the naysayers will replace petroleum with. Electricity?Ethanol? Wind? yeh if you could tap the halls of Congress the wind might work.

    April 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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