McDonnell: With Systems in Place, There is Room for Offshore Drilling

May 27, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell says there is room for Atlantic oil and gas drilling, but only after systems are in place to prevent disasters like the one off the Louisiana Coast.

McDonnell spoke in his monthly radio show on Richmond's WRVA radio as President Barack Obama planned to announce a moratorium on deepwater drilling off Virginia's coast and elsewhere Thursday.

The governor said he believes drilling can be done safely and that it is possible to eventually issue offshore leases for natural gas drilling alone.

While Atlantic oil exploration won't begin before McDonnell leaves office in 2014, he said he would not hesitate to summon the National Guard if faced with an ecological disaster like Louisiana's.

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