Tag: offshore drilling virginia

Webb, Warner critical of administration on offshore-drilling plan

A five-year oil and gas leasing plan announced today by the Obama administration omits Virginia from the plan. Virginia Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner responded by urging the administration to reconsider. “Oil and gas exploration within the Virginia Outer Continental Shelf – if coupled with an equitable formula for sharing revenues between the state […]


Sen. Webb: Offshore drilling bill fails to grant Virginia fair share of revenue

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) on Wednesday voted against legislation that would have prevented Virginia from using revenues from lease sales of its offshore resources to fund transportation and other critical projects. The Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011, introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell, failed today in the Senate. “I have long advocated opening up […]


McDonnell, Goodlatte tout offshore energy development

Gov. Bob McDonnell used a Thursday photo op to bring attention to his continued push for offshore drilling off the coast of Virginia. “America has an energy policy problem. Today, Virginia businesses and families are paying, on average, $3.88 per gallon for gasoline. That’s up $1.00 from a year ago. The Energy Information Administration estimates […]


Marirose Pratt: A cleaner energy future

It’s been just a year since the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Rather than focus on enacting much needed safety and environmental reforms, Rep. Goodlatte wants to open Virginia’s waters to drilling, as if last year never happened (“Goodlatte bill would push offshore drilling off Virginia waters,” April 6, 2011). The notion that […]


Goodlatte bill would push offshore drilling off Virginia waters

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte has reintroduced legislation that would open exploration for natural gas and crude oil off the Virginia coast. “Every day, folks across Virginia and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the cost at the pump to soaring electric bills. I believe that Virginia should have every […]


Obama offshore drilling ban draws bipartisan criticism

A bipartisan group of Virginia leaders will work to get the Obama administration to reverse its move to block drilling off the coast of Virginia until at least 2017. “As a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, we learned a number of lessons, most importantly that we need to proceed with caution and focus […]


McDonnell, Warner, Webb still back drilling

Virginia’s three top state elected leaders are holding to their support for exploratory oil and natural gas drilling off the coast of Virginia in the wake of the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. “We will learn from Louisiana. We will have additional federal regulations. We will have new technology. Once we get some […]


Dems push delay on drilling

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The Democratic Party of Virginia is calling on Gov. Bob McDonnell to support President Obama’s call to delay any new offshore drilling projects until a full understanding of the causes of the recent disaster off the Gulf Coast can be determined.