Bahamas Oil Drilling Exacerbates Concerns

Wednesday 07th, December 2011 / 23:09 Published by

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Just as South Florida braces for oil drilling set to begin next month off the shores of Cuba, a Bahamian company is pressing to dig exploratory wells as early as next year less than 200 miles from the state’s delicate coastline.

The Bahamian plans could eventually bring rigs as close as 40 miles from Port Everglades.

The prospect of energy exploration off both Cuba and the Bahamas has broadened concerns that widespread drilling will lead to a major oil spill that pollutes the East Coast, fouling beaches, damaging reefs and endangering wildlife.

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