Three Shenandoah Valley legislators Thursday joined fellow Virginia officeholders in criticizing President Barack Obama’s decision to ban drilling off the Atlantic coast for the next seven years.
Delegates Dickie Bell, Ben Cline and Steve Landes expressed disappointment in the decision, which federal officials on Wednesday said was prompted by the Gulf Coast oil disaster.
The decision means there will be no lease sales for dilling off Virginia until at least 2017. Virginia had been in line for a 2012 sale.
Bell, R-Staunton, said he was “extremely disappointed that the Obama administration has made the decision to block environmentally responsible off shore energy exploration and development in Virginia … this decision was short-sighted, and does nothing but prohibit economic development in Virginia.”
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