Castor wants permanent ban on gulf drilling
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is calling for a permanent ban on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the coasts of Florida.
"Our economic well-being and our environmental health hangs in the balance," the Tampa Democrat said during a news conference in D.C. with the Sierra Club, Environment America and other groups that say they have collected 400,000 comments from U.S. citizens opposing an expansion of drilling.
The reaction comes as the comment period ends on President Obama's five year plan to expand drilling, announced before the BP disaster.
But politically, an all-out ban is a struggle despite the catastrophe in the gulf. Not even all Florida members of Congress endorse one. Castor acknowledged the hurdle but said she believes the grass roots movement will eventually prevail. "All I can do is continue to reflect the anger and frustration and desire for a change in policy that folks back home are calling for."