As part of the Administration’s announcement of new leases for offshore drilling, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell continually stated, “Some places are too special to drill.” Apparently, Virginia and the Eastern Shore didn’t make the cut.
"Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper Jay Ford said while his major concern about offshore drilling is for water quality, he has also considered the impact on "major economic drivers," such as the Wallops Flight Facility.
"It doesn't take much imagination to see why dropping a (rocket) stage onto an oil rig would be a problem," he said.
Ford was also concerned for jobs based around the tourism industry and aquaculture. Oysters harvested in the wild and through aquaculture created $58 million in economic activity last year, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau.
"Those jobs would evaporate overnight if we had any kind of spill," Ford said."
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