Anti-Drilling Group Encouraged By Weekend Rally

Leaders of the group "12 Miles South" are still making plans to push their message of no drilling near the barrier islands.

Calling Sunday's rally at the Coast Coliseum "a tremendous success," the group met Monday and vowed to continue its lobbying and education efforts.

Members of the coalition discussed a possible petition drive and future fundraiser. They vowed to "stay away from politics" and remain focused on their mission.

"We're going to continue putting the same message out. Getting the legislators on our side, getting this thing stopped. No drilling except 12 nautical miles south. Buy up all the oil and gas leases," Robert Barq said.

The group leadership says it may take up to a year to accomplish those goals.