Tag: offshore drilling

Virginians stand up to Trump administration offshore drilling plans

Virginians from coastal communities on the Eastern Shore to Virginia Beach are joining lawmakers from the Commonwealth in standing up to the Trump Administration and its plans to open our coast to offshore drilling.

Environmental groups critical of Trump administration offshore drilling plan

The Trump administration today released a draft of the proposed 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program that would allow annual lease sales off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

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Northam slams Trump administration move to expand offshore drilling off Virginia coast

The Trump administration confirmed it is moving to expand offshore drilling by undoing President Obama’s December executive order.

Administration blocks Atlantic Coast offshore drilling

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Tuesday that the Atlantic Coast will not be included in the next five-year oil and gas leasing program.

NOIA supports Department of the Interior upcoming offshore lease sale

NOIA President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement supporting DOI’s Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale scheduled for next week.

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Group: Five-year anniversary of BP disaster shows drilling too risky for Virginia coast

Earlier this year the Obama administration proposed opening up a huge swath of the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. On the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, Environment Virginia called on the president to protect Virginia’s coastal marine-life, communities and economy.

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Threat to wildlife in focus as offshore drilling comments continue

From spills soaking sea birds in oil, to seismic exploration putting whales and dolphins at risk, each stage of offshore drilling threatens precious Atlantic marine life, says an analysis from Environment Virginia.

NOIA urges BOEM to keep areas included in draft offshore leasing program intact

The Obama administration’s recently released draft proposed offshore oil and gas leasing program slams the door on industry and prevents America from sharing in the economic growth, new jobs and increased energy security that offshore oil and gas activity in new offshore areas would provide, NOIA President Randall Luthi told reporters today.

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Governor McAuliffe on Interior Department’s Mid-Atlantic offshore drilling plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today on the U.S. Interior Department’s Mid-Atlantic offshore drilling plan.

U.S. Sens. Warner, Kaine on Mid-Atlantic offshore drilling plan

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following joint statement on the U.S. Interior Department’s release today on the 2017-2022 draft strategy for offshore oil and gas leasing.

Speaker Howell welcomes White House offshore drilling proposal

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) welcomed the White House’s proposal to allow drilling for oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia.

Southern Environmental Law Center calls for protection of coasts from offshore drilling

Today the U.S. Department of the Interior released a draft five-year plan that would make the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts available to oil and gas leasing starting in 2017.

Kaine: ‘All of the above’ on energy

The black-white debate on energy production between Republicans and Democrats generally speaking comes down to the merits of oil production vs. clean energy. It doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition, though. “We need to use every domestic source that we have. But I think we ought to be preparing for a long-term shift toward […]

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 […]

Webb calls for provisions to include Virginia in offshore energy bill

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., today called for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to incorporate his Virginia Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Energy Production Act in pending offshore energy legislation this week. “Outer Continental Shelf production has strong support among Virginians and their political leadership,” Webb wrote the Committee’s Chairman and Ranking Member. “I look forward […]

Webb, Warner introduce offshore-drilling legislation

U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today introduced legislation that would allow oil and natural gas exploration and production off of the Virginia coast. Both senators have consistently supported safe and responsible energy exploration on Virginia’s outer continental shelf. The Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Energy Production Act of 2011 would also expand the […]

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 […]

McDonnell backs congressional effort to proceed with offshore drilling

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that he backs Washington Republican Congressman Doc Hastings’ effort to require the Department of Interior to proceed with the sale of offshore energy leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia that had been scheduled for June 2012. The Obama administration has put the sale off […]

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 […]

Environmental group praises delay on offshore drilling

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   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.

Webb, Warner: Expedite development of offshore oil, gas

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today called on the Secretary of the Interior to promptly commence steps to ensure that the Virginia Lease Sale, for the development of oil and gas resources off the coast of Virginia, remains on track for 2011. “Support among Virginia’s political […]

Letter | McDonnell’s claims on drilling ‘tenuous at best’

  Letter from J.R. Tolbert, Richmond, Va. Submit letters to the editor: freepress2@ntelos.net I am writing in response to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s desire to drill off the coast of Virginia. Mr. McDonnell’s arguments in favor of drilling make claims to thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to the state. These claims are […]