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Bill Nelson -- in letter to Barack Obama -- says he's filing legislation to block oil drilling

In a letter to the president, Nelson asks Obama to call for an "immediate halt to test wells and all other exploratory operations in coastal waters." And Nelson says he's filing legislation that would -- for the time being -- prevent the Interior Department from acting on the administration's plans to expand offshore drilling.

"Each day the Deepwater Horizon test well gushes oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the oil industry's claims about modern, safe and environmentally friendly technology becomes more and more unbelievable," Nelson writes. "As I have argued for decades, drilling too close to the coast poses too great a threat to the economy and environment of Florida and other coastal states."