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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Statement on Interior Department Decision to Not Allow Offshore Drilling in Southern Atlantic

March 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s proposed plan to protect the southern Atlantic coast from offshore drilling:

“I applaud the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for carefully considering whether or not to allow oil and gas development off the southern Atlantic Coast.  This revised proposal for the nation’s oil and gas leasing program appropriately responded to input from local leaders, businesses, the Department of Defense, environmental stakeholders, and many others. 

“The Commonwealth of Virginia is fortunate to have many unique natural resources and, thankfully, this updated proposal will ensure that our coastline is protected for future generations.  As we move ahead from this decision, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to continue to strengthen our economy and move our nation toward a cleaner energy future.  I know Hampton Roads and our Commonwealth will play a critical role in those efforts.” 

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