Guest column In support of seismic testing off the coast

June 2, 2015

Florida Times-Union

On the important topic of energy, Florida's red politicians get very purple.

Given Florida's reliance on beach-driven tourism, politicians have largely stayed away from endorsing offshore drilling even if it occurred more than 100 miles off the coast.

To take it a step further, Sen. Bill Nelson has recently filed legislation to create a moratorium on seismic surveying, a process that would gather information on what oil and natural gas resources are available off the Atlantic Coast.

Seismic testing was approved last summer by President Barack Obama along the east coast south to about Melbourne. Additionally, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has introduced a city resolution to ban the activity in that area.

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