President Barack Obama did the right thing yesterday by announcing that the federal government is cancelling a proposed lease sale that would have allowed drilling for oil and natural gas on 2.9 million acres of ocean bottom that lies more than 50 miles east of Virginia.
The Chesapeake's blue crabs are dancing with joy.
The environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico –- where the amount of oil spilled now may surpass the Exxon Valdez disaster -- is a vivid illustration of why the risks of offshore drilling in our region far exceed the benefits.
Blue crab populations have recently rebounded in the Chesapeake Bay, underwater grasses have spread in recent years and water clarity has improved. But all of this progress could easily be wiped out by a BP-style blanket of petroleum. That's too much of a gamble.