There is growing pressure to lift the offshore-drilling ban in Florida waters and elsewhere, the St. Petersburg Times reported Friday.
"We have never seen such a high intensity and orchestrated effort," said Mark Ferrulo, director of the Florida Public Interest Research Group. "Every time we turn around there is a new proposal."
There were two on the floor of the U.S. House Thursday. An amendment by Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., sought to allow oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico if the net imports of crude oil account for more than two-thirds of U. S. consumption. The percentage is currently at 53.
The measure was determined to be an inappropriate addition to the Interior Department's spending bill.
Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., wanted to amend the spending bill to eliminate the ban on natural gas drilling along the U.S. coast. That proposal was defeated, 262-157.