"Scott Clarifies His Position on Oil Drilling in the Everglades"

"TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott found himself on both sides of the fence on Tuesday when he said in a speech that he supports oil drilling in the Everglades, then hours later issued a clarification that he didn’t mean 'an expansion of drilling.'"

"Scott’s remarks to the Tallahassee-based Economics Club of Florida were prompted by an audience member who asked whether the governor agreed with Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann’s call last week for oil drilling in the Everglades for 'additional energy.'

'You know we already have drilling in the Everglades. We already have oil wells in the Everglades,’’ Scott replied. 'There’s a road in Naples called ‘Oil Well Road,’ so we already have oil drilling. We’ve had it since 1943.’’

He noted that most Floridians are 'very shocked' to learn that drilling is happening in Florida. He added that 'I think we have to be very cautious if there’s going to be any more drilling.'"

Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Miami Herald September 6, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Bachmann Not Backing Down From Everglades Drilling Comment" (Colorado Independent)

"Reps. West, Wasserman Schultz Agree on  Everglades Drilling Opposition" (The Hill)

"Florida Republicans Reject Bachmann’S Call for Everglades Drilling" (The Ticket/Yahoo! News)

"Bachmann Says She'd Consider Everglades Drilling" (ABC News)

 

Source: Miami Herald, 09/07/2011