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Environmental Group Wants Va. Senators to Drop Offshore Energy Bill

May 23, 2013

An environmental group is urging Virginia Senators Warner and Kaine to abandon their newly proposed energy bill.

On Wednesday, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine proposed a bill, The Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Energy Production Act of 2013, to open up Virginia’s coastline to offshore oil drilling.

The Regional Director of Environment Virginia, Elizabeth Ouzts, says offshore drilling could be hazardous to the Commonwealth’s coastline.

“The conditions that caused the BP oil spill haven’t gone anywhere. We saw these threats devastate the Gulf only two years ago, so it’s sorely disappointing that Senators Kaine and Warner want to put even more of our coastal regions at risk with this bill,” said Ouzts. “Virginia’s white sandy beaches should be for lovers, not oil spills.”

The Warner/Kaine legislation also includes offshore energy exploration of wind, solar, gas, and tidal energy.

The legislation also requires environmental reviews before any production could begin to ensure energy exploration or production does not disrupt federal activities along the Virginia coast.

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