Friday, May 21, 2010

Florida Oil Spill - Indian Shores - The Town That Knew

Florida Oil Spill Update - Councilman, Bill Smith, of Indian Shores, Florida, knew the big oil spill was coming. His local town council passed a resolution in 2008 and he has testified  about the dangers of a potential Gulf Oil Spill before the Florida House of Representatives. No one listened to Bill. This town councilman in this tiny gulf-coast community, Population of 1,792, knew what State and Federal official refused to believe.  

The 2008 resolution is excerpted below:

"[T]he area with the potential for the greatest risk of environmental damage is the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, off the western coast of Florida. . . environmental specialists contend the major risk from drilling platforms is the wastewater they routinely discharge which contain drilling fluids and heavy metals including mercury. . . it is our belief that despite technological advances in oil rig drilling technology, there is no positive assurance that catastrophic damage to our coastline, beaches, plant and fish life could be avoided during normal operating conditions or during storm situations. . . [T]he Town Council . . . oppose[s] legislative attempts to allow off shore oil drilling expansion past the areas already approved for pre-leasing, leasing and oil production activities and to take immediate steps to encourage and assist in the development of alternate sources of energy." 

The Complete Resolution is Available Here: 

Voting in opposition to the Resolution:   None

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