New Fact Sheet: Protecting Florida’s Gulf Coast from Offshore Drilling Preserves Military Readiness

Defense is Florida’s fourth largest industry, with a total economic footprint of roughly $78.9 billion. The large area off Florida’s Gulf coast – known as the eastern Gulf of Mexico – has a long history of providing unconstrained access for military training and testing activities that are essential to U.S. national security. Recognizing the importance of this area for national defense training, Congress enacted the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) to protect this section of the Gulf from any offshore oil and gas development in 2006.

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