The Obama Administration is reportedly planning to approve oil and gas exploration off of America’s East Coast, including the possible leasing bottom off of Virginia’s coast as soon as two years from now, according to news reports this morning.
Offshore drilling off the Chesapeake and along the East Coast has long been banned by the federal government, and for good reasons. The potential for oil and chemical spills and environmental catastrophe is too great for a region that is ecologically on life support, and economically dependent on beaches, tourism and seafood.
In 2008, the Bush Administration lifted the executive branch’s prohibition on drilling along this coast. And then the U.S. House and Senate decided not to renew a Congressional ban that had been in place for more than 20 years.
Now the Obama Administration is looking to push ahead with this bad idea as part of a broader energy strategy that includes increasing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks.