Environmental group praises delay on offshore drilling

Edited by Chris Graham

The U.S. Minerals Management Service announced today that it is postponing indefinitely the public-comment period and the public hearings that were scheduled in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina in the coming weeks on the proposed sale for oil and gas drilling off Virginia’s shore.

MMS instead is investigating and will consider the causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico before moving forward.

The move won the praise of the Charlottesville-based Southern Environmental Law Center.

“This is an appropriate response from the federal agency that oversees our offshore resources, but the Gulf spill only confirms that MMS needs to go further and permanently bar drilling off Virginia’s shore and elsewhere in the Atlantic. Virginia and the nation has too much to lose and too little to gain from drilling,” senior attorney Deborah Murray said in a statement.

“Just one spill even a fraction of the size of the Gulf spill would devastate the wildlife, fisheries, and other ecological riches of Virginia’s coast like the Chesapeake Bay and barrier islands, and could ruin the economies and cultural heritage of coastal communities,” Murray said.

“It’s truly unfortunate that it took this tragic event to bring this issue into stark focus. We hope that our elected leaders will use this opportunity to shift the country away from dirty fossil fuels and put our ingenuity into establishing a clean, sustainable energy future,” Murray said.


UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.

augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news