Another Florida river is under attack – along with so many others that are struggling to survive in Florida.  While BP’s oil continues to wash up on Panhandle beaches, State Representative Doug Broxson is proposing to add insult to injury with a bill he filed this week which would give the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Gov. and Cabinet) the ability to enter into a contract with oil companies to drill for oil and gas in the Blackwater River State Forest in North Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties.

The Blackwater River, an Outstanding Florida Water, is the cleanest river flowing into the Pensacola Bay System.  It’s headwaters originate in the Blackwater State Forest which is largely unimpacted by man except for logging being done by International Paper Company.  The logging impacts are not good, but are nothing compared to the impacts that oil and gas drilling would have on the forest, wildlife, and the river and bay.

Florida Clean Water Network will aggressively oppose this proposed legislation and any related efforts to drill for oil in Blackwater State Forest.

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE NOW!!! Contact Representative Broxson’s office and let him know that you want his bill withdrawn immediately.  That you don’t want oil and gas drilling in Blackwater State Forest.  That you want Blackwater River, Yellow River, Blackwater Bay, East Bay, Pensacola Bay and all surrounding waters protected.

His contact info is:

Milton office:
Pensacola State College Milton Campus, Bldg. 4000, Room 4013, 5988 Hwy 90
Milton, FL 32583-1713
(850) 626-3113

Tallahassee office:
1003 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
(850) 488-8188


Twitter page: @RepDougBroxson



About the Author

Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.

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