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Posted at 2:48 PM ET, 05/ 6/2010

Oil drilling off Va. coast delayed

By Washington Post editors

Federal officials announced Thursday that they will delay drilling for oil and natural gas off Virginia's coast. Companies were expected to start bidding to start work as early as next year. The decision announced by the U.S. Interior Department leaves it unclear when drilling will start. Virginia was expected to be one of the first states on the East Coast to start drilling after President Obama lifted a moratorium in March.

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By Washington Post editors  | May 6, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Barack Obama, Energy, Natural gas, Oil and Gas, Virginia  
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Good, who wants our Chesapeake to turn into what the gulf coast is going to turn into.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 6, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

a little caution might be prudent at this juncture!

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

this is good news, but i hope/pray that oil drilling off our beautiful Virginia coastline is permanently delayed. i fear that our marine ecosystem is at a tipping point. everytime i mention this to someone, they say "then you should bike to work, get rid of all plastic in your life & grow your own food," or something to that effect. i say that necessity is the mother of invention & it's becoming necessary to invent new technology or bring into common use already-existing but expensive technology that minimizes our daily use of oil energy & products in a practical way. if we don't, our marine ecosystem may collapse & we can never get that back.

Posted by: Follows45 | May 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is in BP and Halliburton’s pocket at the expense of Virginia's multi-billion Tourism and Commercial Fishing Industries, not to mention our environmental beauty and resources. The Tea Party is funded by Koch Industries which is responsible for Hundreds of Oil spills across multiple states.

We need to rely on Innovation, Efficiency and Technology instead of just trying to suck up a limited amount of oil out of the ground. One direction leads to Education, Competition and Advancement and the other leads to Limited Job growth in fields not even requiring a GED except for those whose job is to figure out how to gouge the taxpayer at the pump and how to escape from paying for their environmental pollution.

Oil drilled off the VA coast will not be sold and used in Virginia; it will be sold on the World market. Royalties from Oil will not go directly to VA beach communities; it will be spread out all over the state, though VA beach’s natural beauty, Fishing and Tourism Industries will Suffer the Most when there is an Accident.

We must develop Alternatives to Oil and Coal and Create Jobs in other Industries for the benefit of our Economy and National Security. Using 25% of the Worlds Oil while only owning 3% only benefits Oil Industry gouging of the public while Gulf Coast Drillers enjoy both Public Subsidies and Tax exempt status as they pay their royalties then sell the Oil on the Open market.

Posted by: liveride | May 6, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

In 2009 The United States used 17 Million Barrels/day, produced 5.1 million barrels/day domestically, and imported 12.4 million barrels/day (over 60 percent), of which 6 Million Barrels/day come from the Middle East (OPEC). Our dependence on Oil is funding terrorist organizations and reliance on Coal is poisoning our communities and water.

We currently use 25% of the world’s Oil while we have only 3% of it. No amount of domestic drilling will adjust that number even a percentage point or have any effect on the price of Oil on world markets.

What will have the greatest effect is using a Lot Less of it and; Ending Wall Street Energy speculation; Improving Transportation Efficiency; Producing Domestic Biofuels; and Developing Freight Rail (such as along the I-81 corridor).

These actions provide the greatest Bang-for-the-Buck and Job Creation without sacrificing other Multi-Billion dollar industries and White Sand beaches.

Remember when JOBS was our biggest issue? Well it still is for Millions of Americans.

A Feed-In-Tariff for Wind, Solar and Biomass, a strong Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard of 25% by 2025, and decoupling Energy Utility earnings from increased Sales are the three most effective tools for attracting new Energy Jobs and Investment.

Ontario’s Feed in Tariff for developing Offshore Wind resources on Lake Erie is attracting over $83 Billion in investment and generating over $253 Billion in Economic activity and 66,362 new jobs while creating manufacturing, Research and Development, Demonstration and Deployment activity.

Posted by: liveride | May 6, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, AP reporting 2008 Bush/Cheney/GOP rule change is responsible for the gulf catastrophe....

Posted by: notreallysurewhy | May 6, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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