Friday, September 4, 2009
Roanoke, VA—Bill Cleaveland, Republican candidate for the 17th House of Delegates wants to see Virginia’s energy resources used to fund its transportation needs.
“Since the beginning of my campaign, I have been on record as supporting offshore gas and oil drilling and exploration off of Virginia’s coast. This is an important component to providing a comprehensive energy package to increase “home-grown” energy production for Virginians and Americans.
Southwest Virginia is already a national and international leader in the production of coal. The Commonwealth is also home to two nuclear power stations. We have hydroelectric generating facilities already in place. However, our future energy needs will not be met by a couple of energy sources, but rather a synthesis of multiple energy types.
The Federal Minerals Management Service estimates that we may have 1.14 TRILLION cubic feet of natural gas and 130 million barrels of oil 50 miles off Virginia’s coast. The Center for Environmental Stewardship suggests that estimates based on newer data indicate that the range of reserves could actually be between 1.14 and 36 Trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and between 130 million and 2 billion barrels of oil off Virginia’s coast. Simply put, we need those resources to help Virginia and America move toward better energy self-sufficiency. Furthermore, development of the offshore energy resources will provide thousands of jobs and millions of dollars for Virginians. This infusion of both increased employment and additional revenues can help invigorate our current economic condition.
Personally, I would like to see the revenues generated from this new exploration be used to help fund some of our state’s serious transportation needs. By using energy lease revenues, Virginians can fund those needs without placing additional tax burdens on our citizens. It’s a win-win situation—more energy, more jobs, more revenue for transportation, and no additional tax burdens.
I join with House of Delegates Speaker William Howell, and other members of the Virginia General Assembly, in calling on U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to move forward on the lease of Sale 220 so that Virginia can begin reaping the benefits of this much-needed resource that lies off our shore.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics
Tags: election2009, house_of_delegates, republican