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Drilling Dollars

October 7th, 2009 by flanews

Two Democratic state lawmakers say the oil drilling debate is being rushed and more time is needed to educate the legislature.

State Senators Dave Aronberg and Ted Deutch have filed legislation to create a taskforce charged with investigating the economic impact of coastal drilling. The lawmakers say no one has put a price tag on an oil spill or how property values would be affected by drilling. Aronberg says the environmental costs need to be calculated before the House and Senate vote.

We have these reviews that are being done pretty quickly, by people who have business backgrounds, but what about environmental analysis? We havent had a full environmental analysis of oil drilling and that is what we want to do, said Aronberg.

The state legislature is expected to vote on drilling next spring. If a taskforce is formed, its report wouldnt be done until 2011.

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