Chamber Board Passes Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling in Gulf of Mexico
As we all know, our area is largely dependent upon tourism, making our beaches and the Gulf of Mexico vital to our economy. Since 1983, federal policies have protected the eastern Gulf of Mexico, restricting oil and natural gas drilling exploration. The area is part of the military's Joint Gulf Range Complex, which allows for real-time military testing and training. It is designated by the Military Mission Line (MML), which is set to disappear in 2022.
According to the resolution, "
drilling structures and associated activities east of the MML would be incompatible with military activities, negatively impact our military's readiness, compromise our nation's military superiority, and threaten our economic vitality."
The Chamber will continue to monitor this and other issues affecting the Destin business community.