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Rep. Demings Slams Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Proposal

January 4, 2018
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Congresswoman Val Demings (D-Orlando) today criticized President Trump’s proposal to allow new oil drilling off the coast of Florida and California.

Said Rep. Demings, “I strongly oppose lifting the ban on offshore oil drilling around Florida, a move that could devastate our multi-billion-dollar tourism industry and natural environment. I also strongly oppose efforts to roll back safety and environmental rules put into place after Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing nearly a dozen people and causing untold devastation to our coasts and oceans.

“The Deepwater Horizon accident proved definitively that offshore drilling has the potential to ravage our state’s ecosystems and economy. Last year I stood strongly with Florida representatives of both parties to oppose offshore drilling, and once again I call on the Trump administration to reconsider this reckless plan to enrich his oil industry friends at our expense.”

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