U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis began pressing federal officials early last week to take swift action to investigate the cause of a likely fuel spill near Miller’s Bayou in Port Richey, according to a news release from Bilirakis’ office.
The congressman also is urging federal officials to mitigate any damage, and identify possible remedies to prevent future recurrences.
Port Richey residents recently woke up to a strong smell of fuel in the air, the release says.
Bilirakis, who serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and co-chairs the Travel & Tourism Caucus, understands the value of water quality throughout the region, the release adds.
“Countless people rely on these waters for their livelihoods, sporting, and recreation, which together make Port Richey the vibrant community that many people call home,” Bilirakis said, in the release.
“The local economy is also largely dependent on our ability to maintain our area’s pristine natural resources.
“For these reasons, I have been championing a variety of initiatives to protect Florida’s waterways. “Therefore, it is very concerning that this fuel spill occurred, and I’m determined to make sure that no stone is left unturned in discovering its source as we strengthen precautions to prevent future spills,” Bilirakis said, in the release.
Bilirakis called for a thorough and timely federal review to limit the environmental and economic impact.
Published December 13, 2023