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Virginia: Drill Baby Drill?

State governments must have the money to run their states~

William Howell, speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates, who is asking the Obama administration to open an area miles off Virginia's coastline to oil and natural gas exploration by 2011.
The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service estimates
the area Howell and other Virginia lawmakers ask be opened for exploration—some 50 miles out into the Atlantic—could contain 130 million barrels of oil and 1.14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
"Developing these [energy] resources would create thousands of new jobs in our commonwealth, arriving at the right time to assist in lifting our workers, families, and communities out of this economic recession," Howell says.

What say you?

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 9:02 AM on Sep. 9, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:03 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • I'm hoping they do it!
    BEXi

    Answer by BEXi at 9:09 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • I understand the environmentalists, but i also understand the need for new jobs. It's a tough one. The bummer part is that they have to spend so much just to make sure that their assumptions are correct & that there actually IS oil there. It's quite common for oil industries to search for oil where they think there is some, & find nothing. So, even though it is believed to have millions of barrels of oil, there is always chance that they are wrong. This is where the environmentalists come in & get all pissey. It would be smart though for Obama to give them the go ahead though. I think he should do it.

    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:23 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • I say, which company(s) has the current geographical studies on the find? ooooohhhh......let me go read a prospectus or two..............
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 9:29 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • No.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 9:39 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • The US is financing off-shore drilling in Brazil. Why not here? Even with the development of green energy, it will be decades before we can wean ourselves off of oil. It makes sense to drill here in the meantime.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:59 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • I think they should go for it. I wish they would do the same off my coast, NC. The environmentalist are so worried about oil being spilled. That is just a whole mess of crap. This link is a study done by Woods Hole. How are you going to stop nature. Go ahead and drill. We do less damage to the planet than it does to itself.


    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090513130944.htm

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:00 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • hmmmm...Constellation Energy...who employs Henry Hager son of VA Lt. Gov J.H.Hager and good friend of GWB, married to daughter Jena Bush. Now known as Mid American Energy owned by good friend of Obama, a man by the name of Warren Buffet who came out during the campaign and endorsed the Senator. Why do we think any of this has to do with jobs for Virginians? Those jobs will be filled by skilled specialists from all over the nation being relocated in on the startup with previous energy sector experience. But they will have you believe those jobs will be filled by locals to get everyone near there to O.K. it. And every politician from Baltimore to VA will be getting their palms greased on the deal. And that inlcudes the Big House in DC.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:03 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • The US is financing off-shore drilling in Brazil. Why not here?
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    No ma'am. YOU are financing the drilling in Brazil through tax payer dollars funnelled through GE to get it up and going. And Brazilians were NOT hired nor were many Americans to do the startup.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:06 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • "No ma'am. YOU are financing the drilling in Brazil through tax payer dollars funnelled through GE to get it up and going. And Brazilians were NOT hired nor were many Americans to do the startup."


    Doesnt this just make you want to JUMP FOR JOY!?!?!


    bouncing

    BEXi

    Answer by BEXi at 10:09 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

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