Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order expanding offshore oil drilling. As Florida's Governor, Crist proposed a constitutional amendment to prohibit offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon spill, and fought to hold BP accountable for the resulting damage to our coastal communities.
"When Deepwater Horizon exploded, Floridians saw firsthand the catastrophic consequences of offshore drilling. Spills don't just devastate ecosystems – local economies that depend on the health of our environment and clean water also feel extreme pain," said Crist. "I urge the Trump Administration to reverse course and put the well-being of our coastal communities above oil industry profits."