Current Administration may be Planning for Offshore Drilling After the Election
This year marks a decade after the disastrous BP Oil Spill. Now, multiple sources say the president’s administration is preparing to push for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico again. But, plans may not be unveiled until after the November election.
John Cassani with the Calusa Waterkeeper says Southwest Florida wildlife is still suffering.
“The chemicals used to disperse the oil are affecting wildlife,” he said.
Sources report the president’s interior staff is planning to allow offshore drilling on the east side of the gulf again. Cassani calls a plan like that a step backward.
“We need to be transitioning away from fossil fuels due to the climate change issue,” he said. “The rate of carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere is increasing, and we need to be going in the other direction.”
Sources also say the interior staff will wait until after the November election to make their proposal public.