Hackworth's statement on drilling bill
Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth's campaign for Congressional District 10, now represented by Rep. C.W. Bill Young, released this statement today on the drilling bill to encourage use of already leased lands:
On Thursday the House failed to pass H.R. 6515, the Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act of 2008 by 34 votes. This bill would have reinstated the ban on the export of Alaskan oil, required maintenance on the Alaskan Pipeline and required the Secretary of the Interior to conduct competitive bids for oil and gas leases. Representative C. W. Bill Young (R-FL) voted against this sensible bill even though in recent weeks he has expressed a willingness to lift the ban on offshore drilling.
“Once again, for Rep. Young, the interests of big oil have overshadowed the needs of the American people. Rep. Young appears more open to damaging
Florida’s coast than utilizing the already vast acreage available,” said Bob Hackworth, Mayor of Dunedin and democratic candidate for the 10th Congressional District currently represented by Rep. Young.
There are currently over 68 million acres of federal land leased by oil companies sitting idle in
. H.R. 6515 would have enacted a “use it or lose it” provision which would require companies to either produce on the leased land or return it back to the government. “How can Rep. Young and other elected officials even think of drilling off of
’s coast with all that land sitting idle? Congress should first use what we have before exposing the
coastline to possible environmental disaster,” said Hackworth.