FL Offshore drilling update

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The House sponsor of legislation to permit offshore drilling in state waters says he won't seek passage this year.

Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, said Friday that he would try again next year when he is in line to be House speaker.

Cannon announced his intentions as a committee he chairs began reviewing a proposed bill that would allow drilling rigs as close as three miles from shore on a temporary basis.

Permanent rigs or platforms would have to stay at least six miles away.

Cannon said he's a realist and has seen no appetite in the Senate this year to lift a ban on drilling in state waters that extend about 10 miles into the Gulf of Mexico and about three into the Atlantic Ocean.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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