Gov. Scott Open to Drilling in Everglades

Gov. Rick Scott throws his support behind a GOP presidential candidate's idea to oil drill in the Everglades

Gov. Rick Scott is joining with presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and says he could support drilling in Florida's Everglades.

Scott said Tuesday he could support a cautious expansion of oil drilling in the famed swamp known as the River of Grass.

Scott made the remarks Tuesday during his appearance at the Economic Club of Florida where he noted that there was a small amount of oil production already underway in the Everglades.

Scott's endorsement of possible drilling in the Everglades puts him at odds with other Florida politicians, including Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Allen West. West questioned Bachmann's comments during a town hall gathering last month.

Scott has already said he could support offshore oil drilling in Florida waters if there was a safe way to do it.

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