Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is using Twitter to warn Sens. John Kerry
(D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) that their upcoming
climate and energy bill shouldn’t pare back the no-drilling buffer
off Florida’s Gulf of Mexico shores.
“Word is climate bill might let rigs in Florida’s no-drill zone. If Sens. Kerry, Lieberman are following me on Twitter: that’s a non starter,” Nelson tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
Under a 2006 law, oil-and-gas leasing is banned in a swath of the eastern Gulf of Mexico that extends 100-125 miles off the Florida panhandle and around 235 miles west of Tampa.
The Obama administration and some Senate lawmakers have proposed giving oil-and-gas producers greater access to the eastern Gulf, but drilling faces new attacks as a result of the ongoing BP oil spill.
UPDATED 11:18 a.m. Kerry responded to Nelson's tweet with one of his own:
@SenBillNelson fear not, APA tighter than current law, with neighboring state veto, protects FL on all rigs that could affect its shores
Cross-posted from the E-2 Wire