Congressman John Rutherford Takes the Lead in Protecting Our Oceans

Maitland, FL | July 12, 2017

Congressman John Rutherford, representing Florida’s 4th Congressional District, gathered support from more than 100 members of Congress to share their concerns with a proposal to issue seismic testing permits for the Atlantic Ocean.

Seismic testing is the prerequisite for the opening of offshore drilling in the Atlantic. In April 2017, the White House announced they were considering a reevaluation of oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast.

“Traveling through my district I have heard from countless business owners and residents along the North Florida coasts who are concerned about the risks of opening the Atlantic to offshore oil and gas development,” said Congressman Rutherford. “While future offshore drilling activities in the Atlantic would put our communities at risk down the road, seismic testing threatens our fragile coastal economies today.”

Rutherford further commented that, “Floridians know all too well the paralyzing effects of oil spills on our vibrant communities. Our coastal economy shouldn’t be put at undue risk at a time when our booming oil and gas production is more than enough to meet our current energy needs.”

Among the Florida Congressional Delegation, signers include: Representatives Vern Buchanan, Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Val Demmings, Ron DeSantis, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Matt Gaetz, Alcee Hastings, Al Lawson, Brian Mast, Stephanie Murphy, Bill Posey, Francis Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Dennis Ross, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Fredericka Wilson, and Ted Yoho.

The Nature Conservancy Florida salutes Congressman Rutherford and the Florida delegation for making their concerns on seismic testing and expansion of oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic known.

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Fran Perchick
Florida Marketing Manager
The Nature Conservancy


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