CBF Statement on Bill to Ban Offshore Drilling

(RICHMOND, VA)—A proposed ban on offshore drilling in Virginia’s waters is scheduled to be considered this Thursday by the Virginia Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources. SB 1573, sponsored by Senator Bill DeSteph, would prohibit drilling and related activities in Virginia territorial waters within 3 miles of the Atlantic Coast. It would also repeal Virginia Code that supports gas exploration more than 50 miles offshore. Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Rebecca Tomazin issued the following statement concerning the legislation.

Offshore drilling is far too risky for Virginia, threatening clean water and our coastal economy. Senator DeSteph’s legislation offers an important defense for the Commonwealth. Banning drilling in state waters would send a clear message from Virginia legislators against the potentially dire consequences of offshore oil and gas production.”

Offshore Drilling   Offshore Drilling   Water Quality   CBF in Virginia   Hampton Roads Office   Virginia Office, Richmond  

Support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

Donate Today

Stay Up-to-Date on Bay News

Want to stay up-to-date on all news and happenings in your region and across the Chesapeake watershed? Join our digital community.

Sign Up
x
This website uses cookies to tailor and enhance your online experience. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more information, including details on how to disable cookies, please visit our Privacy Policy. Close