By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Fuelfix
WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration eyes a new generation of oil drilling in Atlantic waters, dozens of East Coast lawmakers are warning against the move.
The lawmakers — 12 senators and 53 House members — argue that the beaches in their home states and their coastal economies are at risk. Continue reading East Coast Democrats Protest Atlantic Oil Drilling
Think Progress reports that President Obama has proposed oil and gas drilling along the east coast:
On Tuesday, the Obama administration released a proposal to sell offshore oil and gas leases in new areas of federally owned waters, including regions along the Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Georgia. The announcement is part of the Department of Interior’s latest five-year plan, which includes federal leases from 2017 to 2022.
The proposal is a draft that could be significantly altered or narrowed after upcoming months of public hearings and input, however it does not require congressional approval. The entire draft includes 14 potential lease sales in eight different areas, mostly in the Gulf of Mexico, but also three off the coast of Alaska and the portion along Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.
The proposed opening of federal waters for drilling comes just days after the Obama administration announced plans to protect more than 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which would prohibit oil and gas drilling. If the White House’s proposal does get upheld by Congress, ANWR’s designation as a wilderness area would be the largest such designation since the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964. Continue reading Obama Opens Up New Areas of Atlantic Coast to Offshore Drilling