SARASOTA COUNTY –– Imagine a perfect beach day: sunshine, blue sky, warm sand and oil rigs rising in the distance.
According to a report from Politico on June 10, the Trump Administration plans to open Florida’s Gulf coast water to oil and gas companies after the November elections.
The timing is a tacit acknowledgement of Florida’s importance to the president’s reelection effort given the volatile nature of such a decision to the state’s residents and all-important voters.
Floridians well remember the images from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that caused immense harm to the Gulf ecosystem. States all along the Gulf of Mexico are still collecting from a recovery fund set up in the aftermath of that environmental catastrophe.
Politico cites two people who were aware of the planning effort taking place in the Department of the Interior, and two others in the energy industry who had heard of the timeline to implement the plan.
The paper did not name their sources, indicated they wished to remain anonymous to discuss details of the sensitive issue.