By Jim Ash
Tallahassee DemocratSometimes the lions and the lambs lie down together.
By Alex Leary
St. Petersburg Times Buzz BlogThe Environmental Protection Agency today agreed to a extend the public comment period on proposed new water rules that have been blasted by Florida politicians.
By Paul Quinlan
Sarasota Herald-TribuneTo stanch pollution flows into the headwaters of the Everglades, Obama administration officials are considering designating a new national wildlife refuge north of Lake Okeechobee.
By Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Community Radio TampaThe International Whaling Commission is meeting in St. Pete Beach this week to discuss a possible lift of its 1986 ban on commercial whaling.
By Bruce Ritchie
FloridaEnvironments.comThe Florida Department of Environmental Protection won't ask the Legislature to approve a proposed carbon cap-and-trade rule in the legislative session that began yesterday, according to DEP Secretary Michael Sole.
By Paul Flemming
Tallahassee DemocratFlorida lawmakers ratcheted up the war on exotic reptiles Tuesday with a proposal to ban ownership of the animals outright.
Daytona Beach News-JournalLast year, Floridians found out that calling something "forever" doesn't guarantee its funding will never run out. That's when the Legislature stopped paying for the popular Florida Forever program. The decision broke with a 20-year tradition of supporting the state's nationally known land-buying program, which originated as "Preservation 2000."
Critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.
THE BIG OIL ROUNDUP
The Big Oil roundup: news and information about Big Oil’s push to rig Florida’s coastline for the week ending 3-5-10:
Drilling push continues despite findings
By Keith LaingNews Service of Florida via Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Despite the Senate's seeming reluctance to lift a 20-year ban on offshore oil drilling in Florida waters, the first legislation on the subject was filed in the upper chamber.
Lawmaker: Any drilling bill would ban 'visual blight'
By Jim AshTallahassee Democrat
Floridians won't have to worry about oil platforms spoiling their view if the Legislature opens Florida waters to offshore drilling this year, the chief House proponent said Monday.
Pledge to keep oil rigs out of sight from coast falls flat
By Laura RuaneFt. Myers News-Press
Southwest Florida's tourism industry took no apparent cheer from a Florida legislator's remarks Monday that any bill permitting offshore oil drilling also would require that platforms be kept out of sight from shore.
Oil drilling backer drops lobbying corps
By Bruce RitchieFloridaEnvironments.com
Florida Energy Associates, one of the primary backers of the push to open Florida waters to oil drilling last year, recently trimmed its lobbying force to zero after having more than 30 last year.
Offshore Florida oil: Not much there, there
By Michael Peltier and Kathleen HaughneyNews Service of Florida via Orlando Sentinel
A new report says drilling in Florida waters would “have no discernible impact” on gas prices or the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, but could pump millions into state coffers.
Report says oil supplies in Fla. waters negligible
By Bill KaczorThe Associated Press
Estimated reserves in Florida waters would provide the United States with less than a week's worth of oil and have no discernible effect on prices at the pump or U.S. reliance on foreign oil, says a report released Friday as part of a state Senate review of whether a ban on offshore drilling should be lifted.
By Craig Pittman
St. Petersburg TimesWhen it comes to drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, it's as if there are two Floridas.
By Michael Peltier
Palm Beach PostExpect a lot of talk but possibly little action as lawmakers continue the debate on offshore drilling when they return Tuesday to begin the 2010 legislative session.
Florida TodayDespite the backing of two heavy-hitting Republicans, Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos of Merritt Island and House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon of Winter Park, the push for offshore drilling has slowed to a crawl.
By Jim Ash
Ft. Myers News-PressThe House panel looking into oil and gas drilling in Florida waters convenes this morning, a day before the start of the legislative session and after the release of an academic report that proponents are already criticizing.
General Bill by Haridopolos
The Florida SenateRegulation of State Lands & Oil and Gas Resources; Provides for the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund to accept and award bids for oil and gas leases on submerged lands underlying the territorial waters of the state.
By Matt Dixon
Panama City News HeraldA predictable sequence of events played out over the past few days.
By Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily NewsCraig Barker, who is running for the District 4 state House seat, took a bold step Tuesday when he declared his unequivocal opposition to offshore drilling close to Florida’s coast.
Bradenton HeraldWhen the state Legislature opens its annual 60-day regular session on Tuesday, the primary issue will be grappling with yet another multibillion budget shortfall.
Sarasota Herald-TribuneThe Legislature's chief proponents of drilling for oil near Florida's coastline are nothing if not determined.
Orlando SentinelDespite a new study that concludes drilling in Florida waters would produce less than a week's worth of oil for the U.S., no noticeable effect on domestic gasoline prices and nothing to lower the nation's dependency on foreign oil, Sen. Mike Haridopolos filed his bill Friday lifting the state's offshore drilling ban.
Love tourists, not drilling.
TAKE ACTION NOW
Big Oil and their hired hands in Tallahassee have sworn that drilling Florida’s coast would be “invisible” – that there would be no unsightly rigs just a few miles off our coast. We know different – and a recent eye opening story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has proven Big Oil’s promises completely “empty.” Click the picture above – keeping the pressure on by letting our State Senators know people like you are paying attention is how we’ll beat Big Oil.
MORE ONLINE ACTIONS
Pass a Resolution To Protect Florida's Beaches Now, via Audubon of Florida.
Urge President Obama’s Ocean Policy Task Force to recommend against offshore drilling within any previously protected coastal waters, via Defenders of Wildlife.
Tell Obama: Offshore Drilling is NOT the Answer to Energy Crisis, via Oceana.
Help Drill for Solutions Not for Oil, via Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
Let us decide! Petition to Governor Charlie Crist, Senate President Jeff Atwater, and House Speaker Larry Cretul, via Civic Concern.
Contact Your Officials About New Drilling Off Florida's Coasts, via Civic Concern.
Ask your state legislators to keep the rigs out, via Save the Manatee Club.
Write a letter to the editor, via Audubon of Florida.
Write your state legislators, via Audubon of Florida.
Urge Senate President Jeff Atwater to oppose offshore oil drilling, via Progress Florida.
Tell Sen. Atwater Not To Allow Oil Drilling In Special Session, via Audubon of Florida.
Sign the petition against oil drilling, via Protect Florida’s Beaches.
Tell Salazar: No drilling off Florida's Coast, via Environment Florida.
Tell new Senator LeMieux to Repower America, via Environment Florida.
Related action: Don't go drill crazy in the Everglades, via Center for Biological Diversity.
Related action: Keep oil drilling out of climate change legislation, via Oceana.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OF NOTE
Hands Across The Sand website; their Twitter page is here.
Protect Florida’s Beaches, recently launched coalition website.
Protect Florida’s Beaches on Facebook.
Think, Baby, Think blog via Protect Florida’s Beaches.
Don’t Drill Florida website.
Don’t Drill Florida Facebook page.
Save Our Shores Florida website; their Twitter page is here.
Floridians Against Big Oil social network.
Save Our Shores Florida Facebook page.
Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition website.
Environment Florida offshore drilling page.
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy offshore drilling page.
Skytruth blog, an excellent source of info.
Not the Answer blog, courtesy Surfrider Foundation.
Eye-opening map of oil and gas leases and infrastructure in Gulf of Mexico, via MMS.
EnergyFLA.com, online hub of drilling proponents; their Twitter page is here.
Cumulative oil slick "footprint" resulting from the 10-week Montara oil platform blowout and spill that occurred in the Timor Sea off Western Australia in 2009; superimposed on the Gulf coast of Florida for scale. More info here.
MORE GREEN NEWS
By Bruce Richie
FloridaEnvironments.comMurzin was referring to proposed nitrogen and phosphorus limits in waterways offered in response to a federal lawsuit filed by Earthjustice.
By Ken Kaye
South Florida Sun-SentinelThe runway is long enough to handle the biggest airliners, even a space shuttle. But at this airport, blue herons swoop in far more frequently than JetBlue.
By Mary Ellen Klas and Steve Bousquet
St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee BureauA bill aimed at tightening the ethics rules at the Public Service Commission flew through the Florida Senate Wednesday and then became snagged by a House committee, which raised red flags about some parts of the measure.
By Bruce Ritchie
Florida TribuneIndustry groups may be fine with her recycling bill for now, but they may not be as supportive of Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda's HB 1559 if she makes the changes she says she wants to make.
By Sara Kennedy
Bradenton HeraldSen. Mike Bennett hopes one of his bills will speed up construction of a proposed Florida Power & Light solar thermal plant near Parrish.
By Glen Gardner
Public News Service FloridaWhen Florida's black bears come in contact with humans it often results in a death sentence for the bear involved, but it doesn't have to be that way.
St. Petersburg TimesA dramatic new phase of phosphate mining along the Peace River in Southwest Florida is in the works, raising concerns about whether government will effectively protect the source of drinking water for 700,000 Floridians.
Critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.
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