News that “a secretive group of powerful legislators, business groups and Texas oil companies has been laying the groundwork” to open Florida’s shores to oil and gas drilling should make all of us sit up and pay attention.
A story by St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald delves into the machinations of the “Florida Energy Associates,” a shadowy group that “identifies itself only by saying it is financed by a group of independent oil producers.”
These mysterious oilmen—are they Floridians? Americans? Foreign governments? —apparently have fat profits to spend. They’ve hired lobbyists, public relations experts, a financial consultant and a pollster to get Florida to sell drilling leases in state waters within ten miles off Florida’s Gulf Coast.