(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Kim Coble, Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement in response to the Obama Administration's announced draft strategy to open up the Atlantic Coast to oil drilling:
"The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure, and drilling offshore poses unjustifiable risks to the Bay, its living resources, the tourism economy, and the many jobs dependent on clean water.
"Offshore drilling creates a new pollution source, one capable of significant, even devastating environmental damage from drilling, transportation, storage, or refinement. The waters off the mouth of the Bay are indistinguishable both biologically and hydrologically from the Chesapeake.
"A significant portion of the blue crab population utilizes these very waters during the early life cycle stages. The crab larvae can float miles out into the ocean on the water's surface after they are spawned at the mouth of the Bay. An oil spill could destroy an entire years class of blue crabs. The economic impact from any spill could be huge, hurting commercial watermen, recreational fishing, and tourism."