Pentagon concerned about lifting offshore drilling moratorium

4 May 2017   Offshore, USA

A letter viewed by Florida lawmakers from the Pentagon said maintaining a moratorium on drilling in parts of the Gulf of Mexico was in the nation’s interest. A letter from the Department of Defense to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, D-Fla., expressed concern about recent executive action from President Donald Trump that could open up more offshore areas for drilling. Anthony Kurta, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said in the letter that keeping parts of the Gulf of Mexico off limits beyond 2022 was essential for developing future combat readiness. “The Department of Defense cannot overstate the vital importance of maintaining this moratorium,” the letter read. The April letter to Gaetz was obtained by the […]

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