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Victory for Florida on Offshore Drilling

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Mack: Victory for Florida on Offshore Drilling
-- House Resources Committee Chairman Pombo pulls legislation that would have allowed drilling just miles off Florida's coast in wake of Florida Congressional Delegation's harsh criticism --

October 3, 2005 -
Washington, DC - Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) said today that a decision by House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo to pull legislation that would have allowed drilling just miles off Florida's coast is an important victory in the never-ending fight to protect Florida's pristine coastline from the perils of offshore drilling.

Mack said:

"Last week the House Resources Committee approved reckless legislation that would have allowed drilling just miles off Florida's pristine coast.

"Twenty-one members of Florida's Congressional delegation joined me in expressing our outrage over this latest legislative ploy in a letter to Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (CA-11).

"According to a published report in National Journal's Congress Daily, Chairman Pombo has heard our voice and is pulling this dangerous legislation from consideration. I appreciate the Chairman's swift action and understanding of Florida's strong opposition to this plan.

"This is an important victory in the never-ending fight to protect Florida's pristine coastline from the perils of offshore drilling.

"But the threats to Florida's coast won't stop here. Many in Congress from other parts of the country want to force us to allow drilling in Florida's waters. They're wrong and we need to continue to do all we can to protect Florida's sensitive environmental treasures and our economy."

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