Thursday, June 28, 2012

Virginia left out of 5-year offshore oil and gas development program by Interior Department

Governor Bob McDonnell and Mitt Romney comment:

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell made the following statement today after the Department of the Interior announced that Virginia was not included in the Final 5-Year Program for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Development. This is the proposed final offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2012-2017, which covers leasing strategy and sales on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Speaking about the announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “Once again, the Obama Administration has demonstrated that they will not allow the safe and responsible development of oil and gas energy resources off of Virginia’s coast. Overwhelmingly, and on a bi-partisan basis, Virginia local, state and federal elected officials have supported the development of energy resources off of Virginia’s coast. Offshore energy exploration and development would mean thousands of new jobs and millions in new revenue here in the Commonwealth. Virginians need the jobs and America needs the energy. Unfortunately, the plan announced today postpones any future energy development off the coast of Virginia until at least 2017. This delay is unacceptable the vast majority of the citizens of the Commonwealth. It does not help our nation move towards energy independence and it certainly does not help Virginia’s workers and economy. Decisions like today’s demonstrate that this Administration does not understand what our economy needs to grow and has no vision or plan for using all of America’s God-given natural resources. This Administration shows no confidence in the creative and ingenious American private-sector to innovate and overcome obstacles in pursuit of energy development and job creation, nor any confidence that his own administration can safely regulate offshore drilling, which has been done for 40 years in the Gulf of Mexico. This is giving up on a job-creating industry, which is not the American way.


“Today, President Obama’s insistence on putting his liberal agenda ahead of job creation and economic recovery was once again on display as he ignored widespread bipartisan support within the Commonwealth to drill for oil and natural gas off of Virginia’s coast. Even Virginia Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner support offshore drilling in Virginia. Unlike President Obama, they realize drilling off of Virginia’s coast would create thousands of jobs and add hundreds of millions to Virginia’s GDP at a time when jobs are what’s needed most. On day one, Mitt Romney will stand with Virginians by reversing President Obama’s ban on offshore drilling, creating thousands of Virginia jobs and bringing new life to the state.” – Curt Cashour, Virginia Communications Director, Romney for President

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Bill McClure

June 28th, 2012 at 6:32 PM    

Couldn’t be Virginia has a Republican Governor now could it? That would be petty politics.

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