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Monday April 16th, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The debate over offshore drilling heats up once again, this time in Jacksonville. Just last week, the Obama Administration announced its opening the Atlantic to seismic exploration for oil and gas. It’s the first time in 30 years that’s happened. That exploration could happen from the coast of New Jersey all the way south to Florida.
Supporters say if you don’t want to continue to pay $4 for a gallon of gas, then offshore drilling could be the answer.
However, two years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, environmentalists say this exploration is a recipe for disaster. They say it would destroy the commercial fishing industry, and negatively affect tourism.
So, what do you think about it? Now is your chance to sound off. The first of a series of public meetings on the issue kicks off today. Both meetings happen at the Jacksonville Marriott on Salisbury Road. One meeting is at 1pm, the second meeting is at 7pm.
Special thanks to Richard Charter