Luria Co-Sponsors Bill To Block Offshore Drilling

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By Linda Cicoira
Three members of Congress co-introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the Department of Interior from issuing leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil or gas off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware.
The bill was sponsored by Virginia Reps. Elaine Luria of District 2, A. Donald McEachin of District 4, and North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones.
“Offshore drilling is a direct threat to my district,” said Luria. “It has the potential to hurt our environment, our military, and our economy,”
“As a 20-year Navy veteran who trained off the Virginia coast, I know that having to dodge oil platforms would disrupt operations, impact readiness, and undermine our national security,” she continued. “And as an oceanfront small business owner, I know what off-shore drilling could do to Virginia’s shorelines, tourism industry, and aquaculture. I’m proud to work across state lines and party lines to ensure that we can ban offshore drilling in the Hampton Roads region and beyond.”
In May 2017, the Trump administration issued an order that overturned the prohibition of offshore drilling.