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Everglades advocate warns Scott about oil drillling: Don't go there



Kirk Fordham, CEO of the Everglades Foundation, issued a simple bit of advice for Gov. Rick Scott's suggestion that he would be open to drilling for more oil in the state's River of Grass: Don't go there. Here's his statement:

"The Everglades is a special place where millions of Floridians, tourists, scouting and school groups hike, fish, hunt, kayak and explore. At this point, no energy company has even floated a proposal to drill in the Everglades,'' Fordham said. "If there is any thought being given to expanding oil drilling into the Everglades, my suggestion to the Governor is quite simple: Don’t go there.  Unless Governor Scott wants to unleash a firestorm of opposition from hunters, fishermen, conservationists and millions of Floridians who depend on the Everglades for their water supply, he should abandon any notion of encouraging drilling in this sacred place."

The deputy communications secretary issued the following clarification this afternoon, which can be interpreted as moving away from where the governor was this morning:

"Please update your stories with the following statement which you can attribute to me: Governor Scott has not called for an expansion of drilling in the Everglades. That discussion is not on the table.  Thank you, Amy Graham."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 5:38pm]


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