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Is Offshore Drilling Coming to Virginia?

In late January, the Obama Administration decided that offshore oil and gas exploration may be in Virginia’s future:

The Obama administration's proposed five-year draft plan designating potential areas of the Outer Continental Shelf for future offshore oil and gas drilling includes a swath of the Atlantic stretching from Virginia to the Florida border…

State leaders such Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have long supported offshore drilling as part of a comprehensive domestic energy strategy. Polls show a majority of Virginians do, too

This is good news for the state’s economy. By 2035, when offshore drilling would be going strong, Virginia could see this energy development support 25,000 jobs and contribute $2.2 billion to the state’s economy.

Energy Citizens should welcome the Obama Administration’s decision, but we need to recognize this is just the first step in bringing offshore energy production to our state. Let’s work together to make sure we can benefit from the energy resources that exist off our coast.

You can start right now by sending your comment in support of increased access to offshore energy resources to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Offshore Energy: They Key to Improving American Energy Security

America is moving in the right direction when it comes to supplying our own energy. But to sustain the drive toward energy independence—and away from unstable overseas energy regimes—the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) needs to expand access to more of America’s offshore energy resources!

The Key to Improving U.S. Energy Security Can be Found Offshore 

We all know that American energy works! Producing our own energy has brought lower prices, jobs, and increased energy security. Our country has the capability to produce even more energy right here at home, but the federal government is standing in the way with restrictive policies offshore. Right now, a full 87% of America’s offshore areas are off-limits to energy development. This has got to change—and your involvement can help.

BOEM has proposed modestly expanding the amount of land open to offshore exploration in the Draft Proposed 5-year Offshore Leasing Program (DPP) that will direct offshore energy development policies from 2017 to 2022. This is definitely a step in the right direction, so email BOEM now to urge approval for this 5-year leasing program. Responsible offshore energy exploration will create jobs, grow our economy, and strengthen American energy security. Those benefits hinge on BOEM getting the 5-year program right!

Email the White House: “Don’t veto Keystone!”

Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives have passed legislation to greenlight construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. That means, any day, the legislation will be sent to President Obama’s desk—for his signature or veto. Time is short, so please…

Tell President Obama, “Don’t Veto Keystone XL!”

The President has threatened to veto Keystone, but we can help change his mind. His own State Department has issued five reports saying the Keystone XL pipeline will create jobs and have minimal environmental impact. Simply put, pipelines are among the safest, most environmentally friendly ways to transport oil. In addition, Keystone XL deserves the President’s support because it will:

  • Strengthen America’s energy security, economy, and national security.
  • Create more than 42,000 new American jobs.
  • Help the United States meet more of its energy needs with North American oil.

Help us get Keystone across the finish line. Tell President Obama to approve Keystone today! 

KXL Vote is Imminent

A final House of Representatives vote on the Keystone XL pipeline is just days away. Tell your Representative to vote yes on Keystone XL one more time.

This House vote is the final hurdle remaining before Keystone makes it to President Obama’s desk for the first time.

It is crucial to make sure your Representative knows that you support Keystone XL and want them to approve the Keystone legislation passed by the Senate last week.

After more than six years of waiting, we are finally nearing the finish line. Do your part to make this happen. Ask your Representative in Congress to vote once more in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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