Oil Drilling

people holding anti-fracking signs
Progress Ohio via Flickr

A measure that would ban the controversial oil- and natural-gas drilling process known as “fracking” is again on the move in the Florida Senate. However, the proposal remains sidelined in the House as the 60-day legislative session nears its midpoint.

Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable with David Bauerlein from The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and contributor Fred Matthews.   


GE

General Electric employs more than 400 full-time workers at its oil- and gas-drilling services plant on Jacksonville’s Westside.

General Electric shook up the financial world last week with its takeover of a Texas-based oil- and gas company called Baker Hughes, creating a combined company with annual revenue of $32 billion and 70,000 employees.

people on beach
Anna Hamilton

The federal government is considering 10 applications for offshore oil and gas exploration along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has asked to delay the permits for further impact studies.

Neil Armingeon says just a few years ago, he didn’t know about seismic airgun testing, a standard method of mapping oil and gas deposits in deep sea beds. Today, though, it’s one of his top priorities.

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Seismic airgun testing by the oil industry has received approval by the Obama Administration and should commence this year, followed by potential drilling off Florida’s coast in 2017. Recently Fernandina Beach and St. Augustine joined with 25 other Eastern Seaboard towns that have passed resolutions opposing the testing. Marine scientists and environmental groups oppose drilling off Florida’s coast.

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I get it. I truly understand and empathize with the uproar and outrage concerning the two teenaged girls who tortured and stomped to death a gopher tortoise on July 16 in Clay County.

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Environmental advocates and energy companies are at odds in a fight over what should be allowed in the waters of the First Coast.

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson says he’ll fight any plans to drill for oil and gas off Florida’s Atlantic Coast.