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Graham warns of Cuban oil and urges Scott and Florida to demand safety reforms

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Bob+Graham+Nat+l+Commission+BP+Oil+Spill+Holds+Z4qzTrw6LWcl-1The next big oil spill to threaten Florida could come less than 50 miles off the coast of Miami in Cuban waters, where 14 wells are expected to be tapped within the next two years, former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham warned Friday.

Cuba is preparing to drill the wells off its north coast, using a Russian oil drilling firm ``which frankly does not have a world standard safety record,'' Graham told the Economic Club of Florida.

To avoid a spill the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that could flow into the Gulfstream and up Florida's east coast, the United States should join with Mexico to establish international safety standards for any future oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, he said. Mexico, meanwhile, should continue to negotiate with Cuba to impose strict standards as well.

``This is not a capitulation to Castro; rather it is something in our self-interest to ensure that anything that relates to drilling have high safety standards,'' he said after his speech. More here.

 

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