Senate panel OKs bill that would reduce Florida's drilling buffer zone

06/9/2009 | Reuters · Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-10 Tuesday to allow drilling off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. If the measure becomes law, Florida's buffer zone on drilling would be reduced to 45 miles, allowing domestic producers to get at trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and billions of barrels of oil, according to industry estimates.

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