Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper applauds Governor-elect Northam for requesting that Virginia be removed from the 5-year offshore drilling plan. Growing up on the Eastern Shore, Northam knows firsthand how critical our waters and beaches are to our economy and quality of life.
Additionally, we want to thank the Governor-elect for calling on The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to hold public hearings in the shoreline communities that would be impacted the most by offshore drilling. BOEM needs to hear directly from the businesses and citizens who will bear the risk if this reckless plan should move forward. Currently, the only public hearing scheduled will take place nearly 100 miles away from our coast, in Richmond.
Governor-elect Northam has been a leader in the effort to protect our coasts since first elected to the State Senate in 2007. His unwavering commitment to our military and NASA operations, our seafood industry, our tourism, and our environment has helped protect Virginia coasts and citizens for the past decade. Today he has made clear that as our Governor, he will continue to lead the effort to keep Virginia’s coasts clean for generations to come.”