Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Opposes Plan to Expand Drilling Off Florida’s Coastlines

Jan 4, 2018
Press Release
“Reckless, Misguided and Potentially Catastrophic to Florida”

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan today released the following statement in opposition to a new Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling operations off the coast of Florida, including the Eastern Gulf of Mexico:

“The Trump administration’s plan to expand oil drilling off Florida’s coastlines is reckless, misguided and potentially catastrophic to Florida,” Buchanan said. “As the state with the longest coastlines in the continental United States, Florida is especially vulnerable to oil spills. Have we forgotten so soon the devastating damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010? Our economy, environment and way of life is at stake if restrictions on oil drilling are lifted.”

The Congressman is a longtime opponent of allowing drilling off Florida’s Gulf Coast and has introduced bipartisan legislation to protect Florida’s coastlines from devastating oil spills. He also supports strong safety measures enacted after the Deepwater Horizon incident to prevent similar disasters in the future. He is the co-chair of the bipartisan Florida congressional delegation.