If you would prefer to call a Florida phone number, please call the Senator’s main in-state office at (407) 872-7161.
What to Say
You can use the talking points below during your call, but please be sure to let your Senator Nelson know how and why Florida’s beaches and coastal waters -- and the wildlife that depends on them -- are important to you.
- My name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR LOCATION]. I am calling to urge Senator Nelson not to cut a deal on oil and gas drilling off Florida’s coasts.
- Offshore drilling won’t solve problems at the pump. Opening new parts of the Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil drilling (specifically the area known as Lease 181) would provide only 47 days of oil and 4 months of natural gas -- after 7 years.
- The Mineral Management Service estimates that 3 million gallons of oil have been spilled from offshore oil and gas operations in 73 incidents between 1980 and 1999. That’s an average of 150,000 gallons a year and 400 gallons a day.
- The average offshore oil platform spews more than 200,000 pounds of pollutants into the air each year, according to the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration.
- Expanded oil and gas drilling creates mercury and other toxic discharges that can poison or kill dolphins, manatees, and other marine wildlife.