The Virginia Chapter Sierra Club offered the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement today to not pursue offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Eastern Gulf Coast for at least seven years.
“This is a very prudent decision by the White House as it protects both pillars of Virginia’s economy, namely its tourism and military” said J.R. Tolbert, Assistant Director with the Virginia Chapter Sierra Club. “The President’s announcement essentially institutes a seven year ban on drilling off our coast. Given last week’s DOI announcement regarding the streamlining of offshore wind project permitting, in that seven years’ time, tens of thousands of Virginia residents could be reaping the tremendous benefits of clean energy and clean energy jobs. We urge Governor McDonnell to aggressively pursue making Virginia the renewable energy capital of the East Coast, beginning with our abundant offshore wind resources.”