Hurricanes and oil don’t mix...
Nearly every hurricane in recent memory has caused some type of oil spillage.
Does it make any sense to put rigs near Florida, a major "Hurricane Zone"?
Don't we have enough to worry about when we get struck by a storm?
Case in point…Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, destroying 115 oil platforms, significantly damaging 52 more and setting adrift 19.
More than 7 million gallons of petroleum products spilled, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. When you consider the onshore spills into that estimate, then the combined total spillage is over 9 million gallons, as estimated by the Department of Homeland Security.
According to the oil industry's own assessment, Hurricane Ivan caused oil pipelines to fail in the mud slide areas off the mouth of the Mississippi River, which would "take a significant effort to locate and repair." Hurricane Ivan also destroyed a number of production platforms in the U.S. Gulf.
Hurricane Hugo, in 1989 caused damage to a refinery which led to a significant oil spill.
Hurricane Andrew damaged or destroyed nearly 300 manned and unmanned platforms due to the combined effects of wind and waves.
When Hurricane Floyd wreaked havoc on the East Coast from the Carolinas to New York City, the US Coast Guard coordinated responses to the various disasters left in its wake - including an oil spill. The United States Coast Guard is the "first responder" when an oil spill endangers our environment.
Here in Florida, the Coast Guard is busy enough protecting our citizens and visitors from illegal activity. Why should we compromise the safety and security of our own state for the oil industry?