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Tourism group to tackle offshore drilling



Oil_rig Anyone who wants to debate the merits of drilling off Florida's coast should head to Destin next month. The Florida Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus has decided that its annual meeting will be an "Offshore Oil Drilling Summit," according to deputy executive director Scott Francis. This is the first time the organization has put together such a conference to look at drilling and the risk it poses to the tourist industry.

"Responding to the need of unbiased, unfiltered information for the tourism industry, FACVB created this Summit," the Offshore Oil Drilling Summitt brochure says. "This event brings together different perspectives to give you unprecedented insight into the gasoline price challenge, its economic impacts and what we all can do to mitigate it."

So far, though, there's only one opponent of drilling listed as a confirmed speaker for the event: Enid Sisskin of Gulf Coast Environmental Defense. The other speakers include Shell Oil's chief scientist, Shell Oil's chief spokesman, a former Shell CEO who now runs a group called Citizens for Affordable Energy, a lobbyist for the Florida Petroleum Council and the chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute.

The brochure says attendees can "build a consensus position on offshore oil drilling for your elected officials." For more, here's the brochure: Download OffshoreDrillingSummit.pdf

[AP photo]

--Craig Pittman


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:07am]


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