- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Despite a recent federal decision excluding Florida’s Atlantic Coast from drilling leases until at least 2022, communities remain concerned about the issue.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (https://bit.ly/1Cnf4wJ ) reports that drilling opponents in Volusia County and elsewhere along Florida’s east coast say the delay will not stop the government from moving forward with pending requests from some oil companies wanting to do seismic exploration and mapping of the region.

Jake Sachs, a New Smyrna Beach councilman, said the seven-year drilling exclusion is a step in the right direction but he fears the proposed exploration will harm marine animals and further interest in future drilling.

Federal officials say the exploration of federal waters is important because it updates knowledge of available oil and gas resources in the western Atlantic.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

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