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CFO Sink Statement on Oil Spill Threatening Florida

4/29/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink released the following statement in response to reports that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is five times larger than originally estimated:
 
“The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an increasing risk to Florida, with a potentially disastrous impact on our economy. Today we learned from the U.S. Coast Guard that the amount of oil leaking into the water is five times worse than previously estimated and greater in size than Miami-Dade County. 
 
“It’s imperative for Florida’s economy that there’s a highly coordinated state and federal cleanup effort. I expect to speak with Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, about protecting our state from oil spills in federal waters. Nothing is more important to Florida’s economy right now than keeping this oil off our beaches.
 
“This oil spill underscores how much of a threat the near-beach drilling proposals pushed by some in the Florida Legislature would be for Florida’s economy, and I will continue my long-standing fight against these misguided oil drilling proposals.”
 
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