WACHAPREAGUE, Va.- U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine invited local businesses and community leaders to Wachapreague on Monday morning to start a conversation about the Trump Administration’s proposal to open up Virginia’s waters to offshore oil and gas drilling.
Leaders and officials gather around the table discussing their concerns, focusing on the effect an oil spill could have on the Eastern Shore’s economy.
Since tourism is such a big factor in nearly all aspects of Virginia’s economy, officials from Wallops Island, Chincoteague, and Assateague all opposed the drilling.
“Five thousand families who are in the fishing industry, aquaculture, have weighed in against it,” Kaine added.
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