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Environmentalists plan offshore oil drilling protest on Virginia beaches

Anita Kumar

President Obama may have put an end to Virginia's immediate offshore drilling plans, but that hasn't stopped environmentalists from protesting any future possibility.

On June 26, activists will join hands on Virginia's beaches to show their opposition to drilling on what is being dubbed as a National Day of Action. The event follows a similar one in Florida where 10,000 people locked hands on more than 80 beaches.

(Purell, anyone?)

"A spill or accident off the coast of Virginia, even at a fraction of the size of the Gulf Coast spill, would devastate our economy and our environment," said Ari Lawrence, chair of the Virginia Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, one of the groups organizing the event. "The only option is to put an immediate stop to drilling off our coasts and seek sustainable energy solutions that do not pose such a significant threat to our future or the livelihoods of the American people."

Earlier today, Virginia's senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner, urged federal authorities to coordinate with emergency preparedness officials with coastal states in the event that the oil spill reaches the Atlantic Coast. Several experts have indicated that it is possible that the oil could reach the Gulf Stream and be carried up the Atlantic coast to Virginia, they said.

Webb and Warner were joined on the letter by 20 other senators, including Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin of Maryland.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 10, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , James Webb , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I wonder how many of these professional enviromental nuts drove to Virginia Beach.

These are the same folks who work to stop the building of wind farms too! And don't EVER mention nuclear power around them.

It must be nice to live in fantasy land.

I just wish they also didn't want to keep raising taxes on the rest of us living in the real world.

Posted by: Davidsonville | June 10, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

'Davidsonville' - You might want to seek professional counseling for that psychological projecting problem. It's so severe you've complained in past tense for an event that doesn't happen for another 2 weeks!!!

Feel free to use my tax dollars to get subsidized health care if you can't afford it.

Posted by: cleanfront | June 10, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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