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Offshore Energy and Florida

offshore drilling  offshore development  florida  florida offshore drilling  Economy  jobs  Energy Security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 19, 2015

Like other states along the Atlantic coast, Florida could see substantial economic benefits from safe offshore oil and natural gas development – if Washington will allow it. That’s a big “if.” A draft oil and natural gas leasing program – the subject of a scheduled public hearing today in Jacksonville – provides for just one lease sale in the Atlantic and not until 2021, almost at the end of a plan that covers the 2017 to 2022 time period. That could leave Florida and other states on the outside looking in at the benefits of offshore development.

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Energy Works in Florida

taxes  florida  energy works 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 27, 2012

Here’s what the oil and natural gas industry currently means to the state of Florida:

  • More than $18 billion contributed to the economy.
  • More than $10 billion contributed to labor income.
  • More than 230,000 jobs provided or supported by the industry, with an average salary for non-gas station oil and natural gas employees of $61,388.

Even better – here’s what the oil and natural gas industry could mean to Florida with sensible energy development and sound tax policies:

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The Impact of the Administration's Offshore Leasing Ban

access  alaska  chukchi sea  deepwater drilling  delaware  domestic energy  energy policy  florida  government revenue  gulf of mexico  leasing  offshore drilling  president obama  beaufort sea  offshore leasing plan 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 2, 2010

In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration yesterday announced that it would not include potentially energy-rich areas of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, and the Pacific in the government's next five-year offshore leasing plan. Further, the administration also officially delayed the next two lease sales for the central and western Gulf.

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 112 - Research on Oil and the Subsea Environment

bp  deepwater horizon  dispersants  fl  florida  florida keys  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  spill response  coral reef 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 13, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Dr. David Vaughan of the Mote Marine Laboratory at Summerland Key, Florida, about his research on oil in the water from the Gulf spill and its potential effects on the subsea environment. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 105 - Rep. Dean Cannon: Benefits vs. Risks of Drilling off Florida's

domestic energy  energy policy  florida  offshore development  offshore drilling  outer continental shelf 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 20, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Rep. Dean Cannon, Speaker Designate of the Florida House of Representatives, about his bill to open up Florida's State-owned waters to offshore drilling. Rep. Cannon says this proposed bill would help boost the state's economy while protecting Florida's tourism sector. He also references a recent study, conducted by the Willis Group, which shows the low risks associated with offshore drilling. 

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Offshore Drilling is Not a Major Risk to Florida

domestic energy  energy policy  florida  offshore drilling  florida drilling and tourism  florida drilling ban  florida offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 15, 2010

new study prepared for the Florida House of Representatives says offshore oil and natural gas activities "are unlikely to present a major risk to Florida." 

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Florida Offshore Drilling: Providing Jobs and Preserving the Environment

domestic energy  drilling  florida  florida offshore drilling  gulf of mexico  job creation  offshore drilling  offshore energy development  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 24, 2010

In a Tallahassee Democrat op-ed published this week, the Florida Petroleum Council's Dave Mica challenges recent inaccurate claims that oil and natural gas jobs are declining and production off Florida's coast will harm the tourism industry.

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Offshore Drilling in the Sunshine State

domestic energy  florida  offshore drilling  offshore energy development 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 1, 2010

Offshore drilling will be on the agenda when Florida's annual legislative session begins tomorrow. No legislation has been introduced yet, but AP reports that resolutions have been introduced to lift drilling bans in federal waters near Florida's coastline. 

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Op-ed: Offshore Drilling - Royalties, Jobs, Energy, Great Fishing!

domestic energy  drilling  energy  fl  florida  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 9, 2009

Walton Sun (Florida) op-ed, authored by geoscientist Al Swiercz and published last week, discussed the benefits of offshore drilling for Florida residents and the United States. Swiercz said that exploration would "not only protect the beauty of our beaches, but allow us to reap the benefits of offshore exploration," including tax revenues, jobs--including "blue-collar" rig jobs which pay upwards of $75,000 per year--and great fishing areas around offshore platforms. 

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