May 28, 2010
CBF Statement on President's Cancellation of
Sales of Offshore Drilling Leases
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's announcement today that the federal government is cancelling sales of leases to drill for oil and natural gas off the Virginia coast.
"We applaud President Obama's decision to cancel sales of oil and gas leasing off Virginia's coast and thereby avoid a potentially catastrophic threat to the Chesapeake Bay.
"The events in the Gulf clearly demonstrate the risks of offshore drilling. Safeguards are never foolproof. And their effectiveness can be further mitigated by human error. The consequence of accidents can be devastating to the environment, the economy, and the people of waterfront communities.
"The risks posed by offshore drilling to the Chesapeake Bay outweigh any potential benefits. Moreover, clean, safe alternatives such as wind and solar power as well as energy conservation readily exist that will provide the energy and jobs needed without threatening our communities, our economy, the military, and the Bay. I hope the federal government and the Bay states will take this opportunity to aggressively pursue a more sustainable energy future, beginning today."