McDonnell: Gulf oil well accident will not delay drilling in Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell said this morning that the fatal oil well accident off Louisiana's coast was a "catastrophic event," but it will not deter him from trying to make Virginia the first state on the East Coast to begin drilling for oil and natural gas.
"This is certainly a setback, but I certainly continue to be dedicated to making us first to drill, 2012 at the latest, and over the next couple years these safety and environmental issues will be addressed,'' McDonnell said on his monthly radio show on WRVA.
President Obama announced last month that companies could start bidding on contracts to conduct exploratory drilling in Virginia's waters in late 2011 or early 2012.
"Obviously what happened in Louisiana is a setback,'' McDonnell said. "For most of the last 30 years, they have been able to do it in a safe and an environmentally friendly way and that's why the moratorium was lifted by the president and Congress two years ago."
The April 20 exploratory well explosion and fire left 11 workers missing and presumed dead.
"Any of these mineral extractions are inherently dangerous,'' McDonnell said. "We had a coal mine disaster a couple weeks ago. We had this. There are issues with nuclear power. We have to endeavor to make it safe, to make it better. But you know every time there is a airplane crash, we don't say we don't fly any airplane anymore, we find ways to improve airplane safety we make it better and contain environment impact."
April 29, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell | Tags: Bob McDonnell, Virginia
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