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Obama Puts Off Hearings On VA Drilling

From a cheering Washington Post:

U.S. officials delay hearings on leases for oil and gas drilling off Virginia

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Friday, May 7, 2010; A10

RICHMOND — Federal officials Thursday indefinitely postponed public hearings on oil and gas leases that would allow for drilling off Virginia’s coast, as they await an investigation into the causes of an explosion at an offshore drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Aides to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), a proponent of offshore drilling, called the cancellation of the meetings "prudent" but said it would not necessarily delay the sale of leases to companies interested in drilling off Virginia’s coast. The sale is scheduled to conclude by 2012. A spokesman for the U.S. Interior Department confirmed that the announcement had no immediate wider implications for the lease sale.

President Obama announced in March that he was lifting a moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas in some areas off the East Coast, opening the Virginia coastline to exploratory drilling. But Obama said last week that all new drilling would be suspended until an investigation of the Louisiana accident was complete

Gee, that lasted long, didn’t it?

Environmentalists hailed Thursday’s decision as a sign that the safety of drilling is being reevaluated after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform off the coast of Louisiana. They called on Obama to permanently cancel any process that would lead to drilling along the Eastern Seaboard

Are there any other countries that are calling a halt to their offshore drilling?

How about any of those wonderful European countries, that are so morally superior to us in their concern for the environment?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Puts Off Hearings On VA Drilling”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:


    Sher didn’t see that coming.

    I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.


  2. proreason says:

    Luckily for the country, the little boy king will always have access to gasoline.

    As our omnipotent dictator, it’s only fair.

    For the rest of us, get in shape !!

  3. jobeth says:

    Shock and surprise!

    No…not that Obalmy put another moratorium in place…but the deep silence you hear from the MSM on what actually CAUSED this explosion

    When has the MSM EVER been silent about anything they can wildly speculate about? Oh yeah…only when it benefits the left.

    All this silence makes me want to be a conspiricy nut and think with all Obalmy’s issuing a moratorium…reversing the moratorium…and then reversing the reversing of the moratorium that something sure smells fishy.

    Not me of course (Never me)…but some might add two and two and find it more than odd that this explosion came at just the most opportune time. Just in time to kill the off shore drilling…but dog gone it the President sooo wants to drill. We all know that don’t we? Well? We do don’t we? Ok, maybe not.

    Where ARE those MSM commentators and all their wild speculation. The only time they are silent about anything is when they are in the hip pocket of the Presid……..Naw….that would never happen.

    There can only be a short list of things that can have caused this explosion….what are they?

    Seriously I for one still think there is something way too fishy to dismiss this whole thing. When was the last time you heard of a massive oil leak from an off shore drilling platform. Even Katrina didn’t seem to cause a leak.

    I still want to know WHY it exploded…not THAT it exploded which is all you see in the MSM. Of course we know we will get a full and truthful report from the WH. Any day now.

  4. canary says:

    Funny, original plans were that there would be ‘no sells’ until 2012, then Obama & Salazar rushed to give BP the job. It’s of the most importance within the Federal government (& private sector), to climb the chain of the ladder and put blame on the highest position that showed negligence.
    If the Republican lawmakers don’t jump on this, then we can count on trading and back door deals. Holder will be busy.

  5. canary says:

    All the global warmer fanatics are saying this will be the end up drilling. Then there are those that more evidence of Obama not minding this oil leak, is not allowing outside expert scources who could have actually done something to
    stop the leak.

    Is the new ACORN Energy that plans on taking over U.S. energy, a part of ACORN? Been pretty busy the last week.


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