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FL - Congressional Reps Urge Bahamas to Stop Drilling 150 Miles From South Florida

Members of the Florida congressional delegation continued their fight against offshore drilling this week, urging the government of the Bahamas to stop a drilling project only 150 miles away from South Florida.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., led a letter to Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Minnis and Bahamian Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Sotario Ferreira opposing the Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC)  Perseverance No. 1 oil well, off the coast of The Bahamas.

“The letter urges the government of the Bahamas to reconsider allowing the BPC drilling project to continue, given the immediate and long-term impacts an oil spill and carbon emissions have on natural ecosystems, local economies, and the global climate crisis,” Hastings’ office noted.

Hastings rounded up more than 15 members of Congress to sign the letter including U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Charlie Crist, D-Fla. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Lois Frankel, D-Fla., Al Lawson, D-Fla., Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., Francis Rooney, R-Fla., Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

“We write regarding the Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) offshore drilling project, the Perseverance No. 1 oil well, off the coast of the Bahamas. We believe you should reconsider the agreement established between your government and BPC to protect the beauty and longevity of our fragile and shared ecosystems, the economies that depend on them, and the future of our planet,” the House members wrote.

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