CRC - 2017 CS for P 91 By the Committee on General Provisions; and Commissioner Thurlow-Lippisch 335-00148-17 201791c1 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 7 of Article X of the State Constitution to 3 prohibit the drilling for exploration and extraction 4 of oil and natural gas in specified coastal waters. 5 6 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 7 Florida: 8 9 Section 7 of Article II of the State Constitution is 10 amended to read: 11 ARTICLE II 12 GENERAL PROVISIONS 13 SECTION 7. Natural resources and scenic beauty.— 14 (a) It shall be the policy of the state to conserve and 15 protect its natural resources and scenic beauty. Adequate 16 provision shall be made by law for the abatement of air and 17 water pollution and of excessive and unnecessary noise and for 18 the conservation and protection of natural resources. 19 (b) Those in the Everglades Agricultural Area who cause 20 water pollution within the Everglades Protection Area or the 21 Everglades Agricultural Area shall be primarily responsible for 22 paying the costs of the abatement of that pollution. For the 23 purposes of this subsection, the terms “Everglades Protection 24 Area” and “Everglades Agricultural Area” shall have the meanings 25 as defined in statutes in effect on January 1, 1996. 26 (c) To protect the people of Florida and their environment, 27 drilling for exploration or extraction of oil or natural gas is 28 prohibited on lands beneath all state waters which have not been 29 alienated and that lie between the mean high water line and the 30 outermost boundaries of the state’s territorial seas. This 31 prohibition does not apply to the transportation of oil and gas 32 products produced outside of such waters. This subsection is 33 self-executing.