Today, the Obama Administration suspended the plans to drill off Virginia.
…the Interior Department has indefinitely suspended plans for an oil and gas lease sale off the Virginia coastline…
“The Department of the Interior is temporarily postponing public meetings on potential offshore activities so that information from the ongoing review of OCS safety issues that the president has directed can be appropriately considered in those meetings,” Interior spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez said.
There are good discussion at Blue Virginia and Environment Virginia. Longtime Blue Jersey readers may remember discussions of this issue by our Congressmen and us in 2006, 2008, and even 2010 before the latest Gulf spill. Senator Menendez praised today’s action and says he would like to make the suspension permanent:
“The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, like the disaster last year in Australia, has opened a lot of eyes to the fact that there is no such thing as a ‘Too Safe to Spill’ oil rig. I am certainly glad that the administration acknowledges this and has pressed the Pause button. I hope that we can soon press the Stop button. I have made it clear that I will not support any legislation that does not include significant safeguards for the Jersey Shore, and that stands. We need to transition from 19th Century fuels sources to a 21st Century green economy that creates jobs, and this understanding should be reflected in climate change legislation.”